Resources: Stats Show that Arts Degrees Pay Off

“Majoring in the Humanities Does Pay Off, Just Later” by Susan Adams

Guest Post by April Tanner

Using statistics from a new study entitled “How Liberal Arts and Science Majors Fare in Employment,” Adams demonstrates the earning potential of a Liberal Arts major. The study outlines how the wage gap between Arts majors and those in other disciplines narrows over time. The career progression of an Arts major is likened to a marathon, a slower yet steady build in wages over time. The increase in Arts and Humanities wages is directly related to pursuing a post-graduate degree. While the Humanities are under siege from political leaders it is important to remember the many desirable qualities Arts grads have in the eyes of employers.


Resources: A Parent’s Perspective on Arts Degrees

“Why I Let My Daughter Get a ‘Useless’ College Degree” by Randye Hoder

Guest Post by April Tanner

Randye Hoder writes from the perspective of a parent concerning the choice of her daughter’s education. Hoder explains how she once defended her daughter’s choice by giving people a list of potential careers that Arts majors could have post-graduation. Hoder accentuates the value of the education that her daughter is receiving rather than the potential return on the investment she and her husband have made. Returning to the concept of education and the longevity of the skills taught in an Arts degree becomes more important than finding a job immediately after graduation.

Resources: Longevity of Liberal Arts Degrees

“Liberal Arts Grads Win Long Term” by Allie Grasgreen

Guest Post by April Tanner

This article argues that while Liberal Arts grads may begin their careers making a smaller salary than grads in other areas of study, this gap in wages narrows over time. Employing a statistical approach, Grasgreen outlines the progression of the average Liberal Arts degree-holder’s career. The wage gap at different points in a career progression are shown helpfully through graphs which compare various professions. The article recommends pairing an undergraduate degree in the Arts with a postgraduate degree to maximize wages. Grasgreen concludes by saying that regardless of a person’s major, a college degree is central to career success.

Resources: Alt-Ac careers

“Sharing Success in New Ways” by Brenda Bethman and C. Shaun Longstreet

Guest Post by April Tanner

This article is geared primarily to graduate students. It examines how those seeking to pursue an alt-ac career must adapt their C.V. from its academic origins.  More specifically, the authors stress the importance of “quantifying” academic successes in a way that translates well to a non-academic post.  Rather than becoming hung up on how many works you have or have not published, making use of other experience that you do have becomes crucial. There are useful examples given in the article.  Applying for an alt-ac job relies on the potential hire’s ability to present his or her skills and experience using language that will translate academic experience into alt-ac assets.

Jenna Faye Powell, Director, Forest City Gallery (London)

We met with Jenna at the Forest City Gallery in downtown London. Jenna has been the Director of the FCG for 9 months. She came back to London, where she completed a BFA in Studio Arts/Major in English at Western, after … Continue reading