Many people come to the assumption that because a person has decided to major in humanities, they are simply “doomed” to a lifetime of teaching. While there’s nothing wrong with pursuing education as a profession, the humanities are not limited to that single area. It’s important to look into various careers while you work on your degree, as very few jobs teaching humanities will actually be available when you graduate. The following fields are just a few for humanity majors to consider looking into, as they begin to figure out their ensuing professional lives.
Odds are if you’re interested in the humanities, one of your primary passions is for the arts. Of course, one of the first places people think of when they ponder the arts are museums. Anthropology, art, and history majors will all likely be very comfortable in this type of setting. Be sure to check out your local museums and galleries for opportunities to learn more about the field during your time away from coursework. Most won’t ask for previous experience—just time and a willingness to learn.
Despite popular opinion, an individual doesn’t need a degree in communications, journalism, or broadcasting to land a job reporting news. News networks, whether they’re based online, on television, or in radio, value talented/concise writers. Writing well, under pressure, and analyzing content critically are skills that you will have picked up during your time studying the humanities. Breaking into this industry isn’t easy, and an internship on your CV will help you to obtain a serious job after graduating.
Some companies may higher applicants with nothing but a high school diploma, but many prefer college graduates—even if only to prove that the individual is self-motivated, organized, and generally competent. Although sales aren’t a field that many people may immediately associate with the humanities, it is a field that is welcoming to all majors and educational backgrounds. If your time studying the arts has resulted in you becoming a more analytical, quick-thinking, and communicative person, then sales just might be right for you. Get a feel for the profession before graduating with one of the many readily available internships in sales.
Editing is the perfect type of job for someone who excels at written word, grammar, and thoroughly enjoys proofreading. (I’m looking at you, English major.) This field lends itself to a wide variety of professions, especially if you decide to pursue freelance editing. Many magazines, newspapers, and other local publications are willing to allow college students temporary internships to see what kind of work they’re capable of.
Through the course of your college life, you will most likely spend countless hours researching a complex topic and presenting the information you’ve discovered in a logical, accessible, and appealing way. Welcome to grant writing. A strong inclination toward analysis and resourcefulness are highly sought-after traits in this field. Although continuing down this career choice will result in large-stake jobs in the future, there will always be small, non-profits around for you to try your hand at during an internship.
The most important part of pursuing internships, as well as jobs, during and after your college life is remembering not to limit yourself by the name of your degree. Just because you’ve majored in the arts doesn’t mean you have to be an artist. A degree in English doesn’t require you to be a teacher. Just as well, an history degree doesn’t require you to write history books. Put absolutely no limit on your potential internships while you continue to work on your college education, and you’ll be sure to find one that surprises everybody—yourself included.