Your future after graduating with a humanities major: you can’t foretell it, but you can take steps to shape it. Spring break is a good time to take care of some of the career-planning details that get shoved aside during the semester.
First thing EVERYONE can do is put our upcoming career-planning events on their calendars. After that…
If you’re not headed to grad school and you haven’t yet gone to talk to Kirstin Wilcox, Director of Humanities Professional Resource Center, about your job-search strategy, email her to set up an appointment! Even if you’re terrified and have no resume, much less a plan, come see her anyway. Doing something works better than doing nothing, and it’s a place to start.
- Create or tidy up your LinkedIn profile. Employers will stalk you online, so give them something to find that shows off your strengths. Be sure to upload a professionally appropriate photo and try to devise a headline that showcases your work experience or talents (NOT “Student at the University of Illinois”).
- Try out some different formats for your resume. Your resume should NOT be a static, one-size-fits-all document. Every opening you apply for should elicit a different resume, one that advertises the specific background and experience you have that qualifies you for the particular job.
- Spend some time on Handshake and other jobs databases finding what’s out there. Some others that humanities majors find helpful are indeed.com, bookjobs.com, and idealist.org.
- Start networking. “Networking” is an intimidating concept, but it doesn’t have to be. Who do you know who would be willing to talk to you about what they do for a living and whether it might be something you want to do? Start there!
- Get to know Handshake and start checking it regularly to learn more about the kinds of jobs you’d like to apply for.
- Look and apply for a summer internship.
- Select a campus publication or an RSO to get involved in, preferably one that can give you leadership experience.
- Plan to sign up for the Alumni Mentoring Network and find an alumni mentor when you get back to campus.