Using Arts and Humanities degree skills in the jobs market

One of the major drawbacks to doing an arts and humanities degree is that it is not directly applied to the job market unless you are going to work in academia.

However, if you scratch beneath the surface then you will see that you there are a number of key skills  which will benefit you in a wide-variety of jobs.

This article does not contain all of the advantages that an arts and humanities degree can give you. Instead of speculating, I will describe the four main categories under which I can define the benefits which I have gained from my history degree for competing in the jobs market.

 

Organisation:

In any complex work environment, employers will appreciate proven organisational abilities. If you show how you organise your time in order to maximise your productivity and stay on top of your assignments then you can illustrate your organisational abilities to an employer

For example, I regularly use my final undergraduate year to prove how I can organise a schedule. How I arranged the archives which I would visit and dates when I would go in advance, and made advanced preparations such as emailing the archivist to check which documents mentioned on their website were available and which extra archival documents could be relevant for my subject.

In addition, I would describe the four criteria that I would use to organise the weeks in each semester, and prioritise individual tasks without becoming side-tracked.

 

Teamwork:

If you have done a group presentation then you will know about how well you work with other people. To complete the ideal presentation or group project I found that it was essential to be open with your teammates and vice versa. The best group presentations that I ever did where with people who felt comfortable proposing some unorthodox ideas to me, and likewise I could give my ideas to, and were prepared to put in extra work with me to ensure that we could deliver the presentation well on top of having good content.

 

Critical Thinking and Attention to Detail:

Many of the employers who I have inquired about have stated that they admire a candidate who can follow procedure while thinking outside the box in order to solve problems. Each blog post published since January 1st 2018 has attempted to show you ways in which thinking outside the box can help you maximise your academic results. The essential purpose is to show how you could work thoroughly with an eye for ways to improve your performance and if possible that of those around you.

 

Research:

Research is valuable skill in all walks of life. The ability to find things out for yourself by knowing the instinctive steps that are required to find out information on an unfamiliar subject and having the resolve to keep looking even when it does not come to you immediately.

Of course, certain jobs require very specific qualifications and specialised skills in conducting research. However, a good quality arts and humanities degrees can act as proof that you are able to be self-reliant in co-coordinating the process of researching, collecting, and analysing information over time.

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