Principal Financial Group

March 14, 2007 10:00 ET

Confused to Corporate Hire, Fourth Principal Financial Group ''Nu @ the U'' Column Addresses Moving from Biology to Business

DES MOINES, IOWA--(Collegiate Presswire - March 14, 2007) - "Nu @ the U" is an advice column written for young professionals navigating the unknown waters of internship and career. The workplace column addresses the most timely and common questions received by the national college recruiting staff of the Principal Financial Group.

Columns are written by Nu Huynh, campus relations manager at The Principal® and made available bi-weekly, Jan. - May 2007 via Collegiate Presswire (http://www.collegiatepresswire.com). The column debuted on Jan. 24, 2007.

For more information, contact Rhonda Clark-Leyda, Principal Financial Group, 515-247-6634, clark-leyda.rhonda@principal.com.

Dear Nu,

Here's the good news--I'll graduate soon with a biology degree. The bad news is I've realized I don't want a job in biology. I'm considering looking for a corporate gig. Where do I start? Is that even an option?

Signed,

Majorly Confused

Dear Confused,

Here's the good news--a corporate job is definitely an option. In fact, a lot of successful people in the corporate world have degrees that don't specifically relate to their jobs.

The bad news is...well, I don't really have any bad news, so let's just go straight to more good news.

There are a lot of corporate jobs that just require a four-year college degree--any major will do. For those jobs, your specific skills and experiences - like written and verbal communication skills or relevant work experience - are more important than your major.

After all, most companies don't mind training people on their products and services. Someone who can't compose a coherent email, on the other hand, isn't worth the company's time.

Highlight your transferable skills on your resume, along with any kind of work, leadership or volunteer experience that demonstrates those skills. Do your homework on each company you contact. Then wow the recruiter with your professionalism and your interest in the business, and they won't care that you spent the last four years studying virology, mammalian cell culture and comparative vertebrate anatomy.

Nu Huynh is the campus relations manager at the Principal Financial Group. She travels the country looking for the best and brightest recruits. To find the career or internship you're looking for, visit www.principal.com/careers/visits.htm.

The Principal Financial Group, a member of the FORTUNE 500, leading financial services company (www.principal.com). The Principal has more than 14,000 employees world-wide and has been recognized as a best-in-class employer by Fortune, ComputerWorld, Working Mother and LATINAStyle magazines.

("Nu @ the U" is written and distributed by the Principal Financial Group. The character "Majorly Confused" and the above question are fictitious. For more information, please contact Rhonda Clark-Leyda, 515-247-6634, clark-leyda.rhonda@principal.com.)

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