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If you are majoring in the humanities, you’ve probably heard that old, horrible joke about how you should practice saying “Do you want fries with that?” or feared that you’ll only find a job in a coffee shop. This post is here to tell you that you have everything you need to make it-- in the major you love!
Of course, certain majors seem to have careers built into them. It’s easier to find a job if you major in certain things. When you major in accounting or nursing, you’re likely to end up as an accountant or a nurse. However, you can find a rewarding job and not be living on someone’s couch no matter what your major is. Peter Weinberg, a history major and the author of “Two Reasons You’re An Idiot If You Don’t Hire Humanities Majors,” says this:
McKinsey says 30% of an average day in Corporate America is spent sifting through e-mails. And when we’re not wrist deep in Outlook, we’re sitting in meetings. 25 million meetings occur every day in this great country --- experts say they gobble up 40 – 50% of your time at the office.
Now I’m not a statistician, but according to my TI-83, that means the majority of an average workday is spent reading, writing, and speaking (aka the only skills humanities majors have), not fiddling around on an abacus or fixing a dam, or whatever you quant nerds learned how to do in college.
And let me tell you this: no one writes a more cogent e-mail than an English major. No one can sift through 10 million pointless messages faster than someone who had to skim through Anna Karenina to write a term paper. You need to have majored in English just to understand what all of you non-English majors are trying to say in your meandering, incomprehensible e-mails. It’s like reading Proust most of the time.
It’s all about how you frame yourself. If you were at Neelam Ghiya’s lecture on Wednesday, you know that the CDC is hiring graphic designers and English majors. The skills you’re honing in class are important and in demand!
Make sure that you come by Career Services if you are wondering what you can do with your major, but keep in mind that passion always translates well—you get higher grades, are involved in more major clubs and extracurriculars, and network more within your field when you are interested in what you’re doing. All of those activities and the skills that you’ve gained will make you a competitive candidate and an excellent employee. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!