The Myth of the Unemployed Humanities Major

by Mr. Sheehy

“But persistent or not, the myth of the unemployed humanities major is just that: a myth, and an easily disproven one at that. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has been tracking differences in the employment of graduates from various disciplines for years, demonstrating that all graduates see spikes and troughs in their employment prospects with the changing economy. And AAC&U’s employer surveys confirm, year after year, that the skills employers value most in the new graduates they hire are not technical, job-specific skills, but written and oral communication, problem solving, and critical thinking—exactly the sort of “soft skills” humanities majors tend to excel in.”

Reblogged from Alan Jacobs but located here. I’ve been telling people this for years, ever since I declared my English major as a college freshman. At no point have I felt unqualified or un-competitive in the work force. I’ve felt at times like I might need to move away from a small city that lies out in the middle of nowhere, but in that I’m far from alone, and that has little to do with my choice to major in English.