Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
You pose a really good question that not many students consider when starting out. Passion is definitely important, but you’ll have to identify if your passion translates to helping you achieve your future goals. Companies want to see that you’re a well-rounded individual capable of performing the duties of the job to which you’re applying. That means if you focused on your love of Art History the entire time you were in college but now want a job in HR management, you’re probably not going to get much traction when applying to HR positions.
Do some research on career prospects in the fields you’re interested. You’ll probably find there are ample opportunities to broaden your education while still giving you the freedom you’d like to explore what you love. Don’t forget that companies need and want a diverse group of individuals to help them innovate for the future, so if you strike the right balance, that passion of yours could be the trump card you need to stand out against someone who is more singularly focused.