A student’s major is similar to announcing a career plan, and the choice will alter not only what to study, but potentially an entire lifetime of work.

To help students choose more carefully, the business administration and economics departments on Thursday, Oct. 10, began a month of events titled #PierceBusinessMonth, with a symposium on being a business major, held at the Great Hall. The event’s goal was to help transform class choices into a future job.

Business Administration Chair Martin Karamian talked to students about possible degrees, where to transfer and yearly cost at different colleges. 

“The most popular major by far not just at Pierce but almost across the country is the business major, but I want students to know what it is first before they decide to commit to it,” Karamian said. “I always tell people business is not for everyone.”

Karamian advised against most students racking up student loans.

“It’s kind of like a credit card,” he said. “The more you use it the more you are going to bury yourself in debt, and the more interest rates will pile on that debt and the harder it is going to be to pay it off.”

John Gonzalez, a Pierce business major, came to the event to learn more about his desired field.

“I want to start my own gaming technology business, starting first small with Microsoft gaming, then going big with my own company,” Gonzalez said.

Student Michael Rosales said the event showed him that the varied business world provides a lot of opportunities. 

There are three more events on the schedule. “Is Economics the Money Major” will be at 12:45 p.m., Oct. 16. The Business College Fair runs 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Oct. 23, and a Q&A with business professionals is 1-3 p.m. on Oct 30. All events will be in the Great Hall.