Why an arts degree is better for your career than you realise
There’s a common misconception that arts degrees don’t lead to real careers. But the humanities and social sciences have had a bad rap for far too long. The truth is an arts degree can be great for your future career.
Why, you ask? Well...
Take your pick
Unlike the degrees that require an upfront commitment to one particular job (often from the very first lecture!), a Bachelor of Arts is broad – and it’s a true advantage. You’re in the drivers’ seat, and you can choose where you want to take it.
Arts can lead to careers in public relations, government and politics, publishing, tourism, psychology, journalism, consultancy, design, academia… the list is endless. The freedom to follow your passion can often lead to greater career satisfaction.
Read between the lines
Scroll through any job ad and it’s likely you’ll find a list of must-have skills and attributes that come up time and again – think effective written and verbal communication, good problem-solving skills, or the ability to meet goals.
While a job ad might not specifically be asking about your ability to write a 3,000-word essay on an obscure moment in history, it will ask for all the skills and knowledge you obtained while completing your degree. Essentially, your degree will set you up well to demonstrate you have in-demand skills – if you read between the lines.
Applying critical thinking, managing your time effectively, and completing projects is what an arts student does all semester long. With most companies now acknowledging the realities of operating in a global economy, graduates who can demonstrate diversity and flexibility have become high on an employer’s priority list.