Dear JT & Dale: I am worried about my son who is in his final year at university. He told me that most of his friends have done internships (mostly virtually) and have already been offered jobs when they graduate this year. He graduated in art history, hasn’t done any internships and has no idea what he wants to do after graduation. Advice? – Contesse
JT: A degree in art history is difficult, as at first glance it may seem that there aren’t many transferable skills. If he’s not looking to work in a museum or get a graduate degree, then he should meet with the school’s career counselors to take stock of his skills. The sooner he determines which skills to tap into a paid position, the sooner he can start finding employment opportunities and even possibly do an internship this year to prepare him for a full-time job after graduation. .
VALLEY: In the meantime, there is no reason to blame art history. It turns out that almost three-quarters of university graduates have jobs outside of their major. Another statistic is less reassuring: 41% of new graduates are underemployed in the sense that they hold jobs that do not require a degree. (Both figures come from a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.) One way to avoid underemployment is to do internships, as these are companies that want college graduates and use interns as employees. test. While it might be too late for your son to land an internship, the good news is that his friends have, and they’re all potential connections to organizations that hire new graduates. In addition to working with the school’s career center, he can do his own in-depth research among his friends and yours. This is the perfect time to meet up with people you admire; not to ask for a job, but to ask for thoughts on career choices and finding meaning at work.