As my collegiate career is coming into the home stretch, I find more people asking me what I’m going to do when I leave the four year day dream that college is. This got me questioning myself, how am I going to function before 11am? I can’t keep my Monday-Thursday schedule? For those of you just starting the best four years of life, or you fifth year super seniors looking to switch up your major again , below is a list of five majors that could land you a job in the surf industry.
This one is an obvious choice; whether you decide to crunch numbers about board short sales, or deal with your employees bailing on work to catch a few waves, a business degree will have you covered. Business is usually a pretty large department depending on the university, resulting in some lectures having upwards of 75 students. If you are adamant about attending class and getting to know your professors, this can be a bitch. On the flip side, since classes are so big, no one will notice when you decide to get a quick session in instead of going to class.
Lets be real, the surf industry is almost entirely based on marketing. We buy there stuff because it looks cool, its lightweight, its got NASA rocket technology to help you boost airs to mars, whatever crap they say to sell their product. A marketing degree most likely would fall into the same department as business, but less accounting, business law, and other classes that’ll cause you to have a mid life crisis at 21. Plus, you can take advantage of the large class sizes to get in some extra time to clear your mind in the ocean and come up with the next great marketing campaign.
- Computer Science
This one might come as a surprise, but think about how often you watch surf videos, read surf articles, check the surf forecast. Someone needs to know how to make the interweb work. Being able to design, fix and maintain websites is crucial for any surf company. I’m sure they would rather hire someone with some surf knowledge than the average computer nerd.
- Hospitality/ Tourism Management
I don’t know any surfer that wouldn’t want to work for a surf resort. Hell, i’m sure some of us would work for free as long as we got food, shelter, and to surf our brains out. A degree in tourism management would give you the skills you need to run a surf resort. You’re, literally working with people who are on vacation all the time, there shouldn’t be to much to stress about as as long as none of their stuff gets stolen, and no one gets seriously injured.
- Any other major
If you’re being realistic, its not what you know, its who you know. Major in dance, art history, whatever you want. Just make sure you network and create a couple important relationships that can hook you up with something to cover all that financial aid money you spent on booze.