Well, you’ve worked hard for the last several years and you made it through university. Those years of getting yourself out of bed and into class, completing assignments, participating in class discussions, studying for hours on end, and pulling at least a few all-nighters have finally awarded you with a degree. In humanities. Now it’s time to work even harder to find a job. Some graduates may leave campus with lucrative job offers in hand, but unfortunately, many who leave with a humanities degree do not. On top of that, the position of humanities in the majority of salary surveys of the best and worst majors for earnings can make job hunting all the more discouraging. So congratulations on your humanities degree, but now what?
First off, the statistics on employment for humanities majors aren’t as bad as one might be led to believe. While STEM majors, those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, have the highest average salaries straight out of university, their rate of unemployment is quite similar to that of humanities majors. The fact is there is NO perfect major out there. What was hot when you started college may not be by the time you graduate. If you study something you enjoy learning, you are going to be better engaged with the material and perform better academically. Higher GPAs can lead to better career opportunities and studies have shown class rank to be strongly linked to earnings, regardless of industry or occupation.
Congratulations On Your Humanities Degree. Now What?
Published on Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015
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