Often when people are deciding what academic route to take at university they are put off a humanities course by someone well-meaning. They argue that technical or vocational subjects are more likely to secure you a high paying job. As a result, people with a passion for a humanities subject often follow a subject less close to their heart. For example, maybe you are interested in art & design courses in UK but are being persuaded to consider law instead.
Perhaps when a few people attended university the choice of subject didn’t really matter. Now it’s almost essential to have a university degree to have a rewarding career and subjects that don’t have immediate practical application often look less attractive.
Humanities degrees teach you how to think critically, to examine and martial evidence. They teach you how to construct arguments and broaden your perspective on the world. They may not lead to a particular career but they equip you with a range of analytical and creative skills that are highly valued in the workplace. It’s not for nothing that 60% of US CEO’s have an academic background in the humanities.
You can find humanities graduates working in senior positions in government, business, finance and across the voluntary sector. They are the running innovative start-up companies and enriching our lives by creating great art and culture.
Employers looking for soft skills
A survey by LinkedIn of some of the skills that employers were most looking for in potential employees discovered that 57% of senior leaders prioritised so-called ‘soft skills’. These included creativity, adaptability, persuasion, adaptability and time management. These are precisely the kind of skills that a traditional humanities degree can help you develop.
A large percentage of the world’s leaders have a background in humanities. Not least the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is a graduate of the classics.
Follow your passion
People who decide to undertake a humanities degree are usually passionate about their subject. That passion can lead to a higher degree classification and better job prospects overall.
If your passion is history, English or the arts don’t be put off studying it at degree level. It could well be a passport to a fulfilling and exciting career. A UK education consultancy such as AZH Associates will be able to take you further.
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