I am in love with liberal arts, but liberal arts is not in love with me

posted 3 years ago in College
  • poll: After reading my post, what do you think I should do?
    Keep trying to find jobs, a History major is bound to find something good sooner or later : (31 votes)
    54 %
    Take the 8 classes needed in English. It can't hurt, only help : (26 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    How about museums or cultural centers? I know a lot of schools offer online classes in museum studies that could add to your work.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Oh, I should add that I know one person who has a degree in history. She went on to get her masters in library science and works at university library in their art history research area. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @LovestoTravel:  I know two History majors, and they are both librarians! But they both went on and got their Masters degrees in Library science I think? They both LOVE their jobs.

    I will say this though.. A lot of jobs just need A degree, not a specific one. And I think what you should do is use how you are DIFFERENT to your advantage. If you want a corporate/business job, find a way to spin your History major as a strength. Show how that you are at an advantage with your degree and your Business AS over other Business majors, etc. Maybe you have a unique perspective, whatever!

    I have a friend who has an English degree, and she is a technical writer making really good money for an engineering company! I know for a fact though that her job required a 4 year degree, NOT an English degree. So maybe something like that would be of interest to you?

    Good luck!

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    One of my friends graduated in history and is now working with a company doing restoration of historic buildings in Netherlands Netherlands. I say if History is going to make you happy, do it, but know that you will need a graduate degree to do much other than teaching/librarian (not that teaching is a bad option by any means!)

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper

    What do you want to do? I would not spend any more money on education unless it’s a masters–ie, not another bachelors. If you’re a recent grad, you more likely need to get some experience and I would start looking for any entry level jobs that require a degree and get applying. Your job experience will help you progress and get better jobs, but another bachelors probably won’t (unless it’s highly desired and specific–ie engineering).

    And yes, history falls into the area of lack of clear job opportunities with only a bachelors, but so do many majors, like psychology, communications, English, etc. Just focus on finding an entry level job for now. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t think an English degree will help you much more unless you get a higher education.  Try to get an admin job or other entry level job in a company you’re interested in and work your way up from there, esp if you’re not sure what you want to do in the end.  Talk up your business experience and your interest in the company. 

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I mean, English isn’t going to help you either unless you want to be a teacher, and even then the history would help just as much. The only history major I know that actually stayed in the field and didn’t take a low paying admin job got his PhD and ended up a Cambridge scholar. Not exactly a typical trajectory for most people! Even he is having trouble finding jobs after his PhD.

    Liberal Arts degrees are just in general not a great option if you want a targeted high paying job out of college. Only engineering and other technical degrees give that. Even bio/chem/physics need grad degrees, generally!

     

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @LovestoTravel:  Liberal Arts education is waay more than just a major. I majored in Religious Studies & got many of the same things you were told, but I LOVED every minute of it. Shortly after graduation I got a job in a law firm as an assistant. I didn’t up talk my degree at all, but more about the liberal arts school- interesting classes, extracurriculars, etc.  I knew I could never work in my major’s field without at least a masters degree but I was okay with that. I think employers look more fondly on liberal arts degrees than non- it shows you are well rounded, able to reflect on a wide range of issues, and are adaptable. AND most office jobs now only require any type of 2-4 year degree… 

    ETA: I know alot of people where I live that have master’s degrees in seemingly useless subjects like art history, religious studies, etc. and most of them work in either office jobs just like me or as waitresses…. So I wouldn’t bother with a masters personally. 

     

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Don’t do the second bachelors, its not going to help you. Like someone else said…what DO you want to do? 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @BeckyS0:  “I think employers look more fondly on liberal arts degrees than non-“

    It depends on what you do. I’m a scientist – obviously they wouldn’t have given my resume a second look had I only had a liberal arts degree. It’s also kind of short sighted to say a science degree isn’t well-rounded. I took a lot of history, english, writing, psychology, etc etc classes. Knowledge in one area doesn’t mean I have no knowledge in another.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @LovestoTravel:  Do whatever you want. Seriously. My cousin is a guidance counselor and that is her advice. Unless you want to be something specific like an engineer, any 4 year degree will do and really no one will care too much what it was in, especially considering that you also have a 2 year business degree. You don’t have to do something that is history related. You can seek those things out if you want. Mainly, if I were you, I would just apply for jobs I’m interested in that require a four year degree. Do you have experience in anything? That counts for a lot more than your major as well. AND play up the Spanish. If you are proficient in Spanish, and thus bilingual, play that up on your application, that makes you a MUCH more attractive candidate for many jobs. Most of all, don’t let the job search get you down. In this slow job market, it may take a while, maybe a little while extra because of your degree, but it really has nothing to do with your being  a history major. If asked about your major in an interview, be prepared to explain job strengths you will have that come from getting a degree in history, Spanish, and business. And that’s the deal with liberal arts degrees. Seriously, let me know if you have any questions! You have nothing to worry about! It’s sort of true that it’s hard to get a job with a liberal arts degree, but if you are creative and persistent you will find your niche! And if you are young and starting out and don’t have children to feed, this is the time to go for a crazy unpaid internship that you really want or try starting up a business or anything you might be interested in!

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @crayfish:  Aplogies- I never said that people that don’t have liberal arts degrees are unknowledgeable in other areas. The only reason I said Liberal Arts is looked upon as more well rounded is because from my experience Liberal Arts required 2 full years of “other” courses, with requirements in each dept. while everyone I know who has a traditional degree only required 1 year of the “other” courses and only in certain major depts. like english, math & a language. 

    I should have been clearer but I meant mainly for office / admin type employers. 

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