What do Oprah, George Soros, and Mitt Romney have in common?
First, obviously, that they’ve been wildly successful. Second: they all graduated with “useless” liberal arts and humanities majors.
In fact, many if not most top CEOs of major companies like Whole Foods, Sears, and more, all graduated with similar “useless” degrees like English and History.
…Unfortunately, most liberal arts and humanities majors aren’t so lucky. Sure, communication and research skills can apply to many high-paying jobs. But the average English major doesn’t graduate with the skillset to make the leap from student to employee.
As a result, close to 50% of humanities majors move back in with their parents — 20% higher than the average for engineering majors.
It doesn’t help that endless unpaid internships have been normalized, and every entry-level job seems to require five years of experience. Unless your family can support you through years of unpaid internships, it looks impossible to break in.
However, there are strategies that can help you get real, high-paying jobs with a major like English or History. Unfortunately, these strategies aren’t being taught in schools.
These Afield guides to post-grad careers are an attempt to help solve this problem and show humanities majors how to navigate the path from the last day of college to the first day of their career.