“Oh, you can do ANYTHING with that major!” people will tell you. It’s more encouraging than the vast abyss of “What are you going to do with THAT major?” but it’s not that helpful. Neither “oh, anything!” or “ew, nothing!” gives the bewildered humanities major a path forward.
And yet — the paths exist. There are a lot of them. How to proceeed?
- Reflect. Your future is more than a particular job title or industry, and thinking broadly about your strengths and interests can help you identify a range of possibilities. What do you want your future to look like? What have you done, studied, worked at, attempted that you found rewarding? What are some things that you are better at than other people? What kind of a difference do you want to make in the world?
- Do stuff. The more data points you have about your strengths and interests, the easier it is to identify effective next steps. Don’t worry too much about doing the right stuff, or finding ways to connect what you do to a career path. If a club, internship, volunteer opportunity, event sounds interesting, give it a try. All experience counts.
- Listen and ask questions. A university campus abounds in people doing interesting things and opportunities to learn more about potential career paths. You also have connections to alumni who have been where you are now and found their way to meaningful work. Look for opportunities to get insight into work that fits your goals.