Arts graduates - anyone employed in a job related to their degree?
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I want to probably work in academic libraries. It's not the same as being an academic, so don't do it if that's the career you want! I've chosen this path as I would prefer to help unite people with information and train others in the use of digital resources, then be under pressure to publish etc.
I love books and protecting collections, safeguarding the rights to intellectual freedom and working in a library building. And I am still doing arts courses with the OU and learning languages, as well as the opportunities for continuing professional development.
So there is plenty of scope for lifelong learning!
PS I worked in a call centre for a while after graduating.
I dont know anyone who did my sort of degree who did something related but is not an academic or a teacher, in fact those professions aside I dont know anyone who has said their Arts degree was even useful for their job (mind you I know very few scientists who use their degree - just more than the artsy ppl).
its fun though...
Thanks for that scriveners_lot, I never thought of it like that before.
Mine was a B.A. in English and History. My partners' was a B.A. in English and History with Hons. in Creative Writing. The few jobs we can find that relate to these degrees haven't appealed to either of us, so we've settled on short-term jobs in the hospitality industry while we figure out what to do.
I've tried to look at teaching as an occupation but it's just not me. I don't really want to get stuck in an admin type job but it might be an option for a while..
I've had a look at getting into the public service but it looks pretty competitive and I feel too young to do that kind of job (I'm 22). I'd rather do something more creative.
I think working in a book shop would be good, but it's not exactly highly paid.
The main problem I find is that my B.A. was so interesting and stimulating, and flexible, that most jobs look frighteningly boring and claustrophobic in comparison. :-(
I think you're correct tho medievalmama - with these types of degrees it's probably not about finding a job, its more about creating the right job for yourself through smart thinking.
Just responding to this comment:
"The main problem I find is that my B.A. was so interesting and stimulating, and flexible, that most jobs look frighteningly boring and claustrophobic in comparison. :-("
I know how you feel I once felt exactly the same...
I'm about your age and have have a BA in History and Politics. I have a full time office admin job and I study part time. The office job is at an academic institution so it's a bit interesting in that respect but of course it's not what I ultimately want to do (whatever that is). But this is what I think - it does pay the bills, my perks relating to my study is fantastic and it gives me experience, it's what I call my first 'real' job. I learned a lot in good work ethics and administration in this job. I feel very confident in my abilities now and have several avenues I want to explore. The time I have worked here has also allowed me to relax (salary - woohoo!) find my bearings after full time study and 'find out' what I would like to do. I agree that you have to make your niche. I think a lot of what I want to do will begin in my time off and probably unpaid and who knows when that will lead to my fantastic dream job?
I guess what I'm trying to say is that any job after University is good. Ones that seem claustrophobic or boring might not be. :)