I was on a panel today at the Queensland University of Technology, talking to current Information Technology undergraduate students about what it is like to work and how we started our careers, as well as offering advice to what looked like some very nervous faces. I can remember being in their shoes just three years ago!
One thing that all five of us on the panel agreed on was this... that employers these days are relying less and less on Grade Point Average, and what Major you completed at University/College. We all agreed that the 'human', or 'soft skills' of the student are far more important. Honesty, Integrity, the ability to COMMUNICATE effectively, Initiative, the willingness to learn, and the willingness to take on big challenges and see them through.
Think about this when crafting the next iteration of your resume. Do not just talk about which subjects, or which major you took, but the type of work you completed, and lessons you learnt during the process.
Same goes for 'experienced' hires... hopefully no one lists every programming language they have ever used on their resume any more! Make sure craft your resume with a nice combination of raw programming jargon, and the soft skills you have picked up over the years.