Arts & Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

• The Internet. Building your professional online presence while you’re studying, is especially helpful if you’re in an arts-based field. Having a portfolio to showcase your work in school will help you gain exposure and connections. It can also lead to future professional collaborations! “’It is important for young people to study what they love and to feel they belong,’ says Steven Jones, researcher in higher education at Man- chester Institute of Education” (The Guardian). If you’re drawn to a creative career, you CAN make it happen. It’s a good investment in your future, can set you up for success financially, and you don’t have to do it alone

check boards for information about meetings you can attend. Get the help you need!

While the world continues to become roboti- cized and automated, we need the humanities now more than ever. The job you want may not exist yet. But the skills you need to succeed can be gained through a degree in the arts and hu- manities.

graphic designers, writers, and other creatives to bring a concept from idea to sellable reality. Google is hiring more artoists and humanists than technologists these days, and Opentable is "hiring English majors to bring data to res - tauranteurs to get them excited about what data could do for their restaurants” (George Anders, BBC).

• Job placement services. College is all about preparing you for what’s

next. Don’t have a resume? They’ll help you create one. Need to know

You’re Not Alone

where to find interviews or what time a job fair is? Visit student services.

If you’re the first (or one of the first) in your family to continue your education after high school, it can be overwhelming at first. Other students don’t do it by themselves, and neither should you.

Why would someone want to hire me?

These days, companies seek out graduates with more soft skills than ever. Skills that can’t be learned “on the job” but are developed over time by fostering creative thinking, studying leadership techniques, and working with oth- ers toward a common goal. Other skills they can teach you. For people who learn well and crave knowledge (aka people with soft skills) most companies don’t mind investing time in training them to do a particular role. In fact, companies prefer to hire someone with soft skills and teach them the hard skills they need than vice-versa.

They’re there to help you.

• Clubs and Organizations. One of the great things (more important than good grades if we’re honest) about college is building con- nections. Be sure to join clubs and organiza- tions with people who have similar interests. You never know where these relationships will lead in the future.

When you get to campus, remember that you’re not alone. Be sure to take advantage of…

• First generation resources. Most campuses will set you up with a mentor or a group of peo- ple who have been where you are and didn’t know what to do. Ask in the office when you’re registering for classes,


Arts & Humanities

Don’t Leave College Without Them


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