I found this interesting Forbes article that outlined 6 reasons why your major doesn't matter.
- Your degree is a prerequisite for the competitive workforce; the topic is irrelevant
- Certain fields yield higher incomes, but your major does not need to align with the industry
- Your experience, be it on the job or off the job, is what people notice
- Soft Skills > Topics you'd learn in school
- Happiness drives success, not skills
- Your network matters way more than your college major
There is definitely merit in a lot of those points, however in the job market for entry level positions in finance (Investment Banking, Consulting, Sales&Trading, etc) the applicant pool is so competitive that good performance in a relevant major from a top school is not even a differentiating factor anymore. Everyone's got an Applied Math/Economics/Statistics Degree from a Top 20 school these days.
With that being said, how much is your degree relevant these days, both from an entry level job perspective and later in your career? Those of you later in your careers, how relevant is what you studied to what you're doing today?