|   College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Long Game, Summer Edition

Humanities majors get jobs: we know that. The challenge is, WHAT job? Unlike accounting or engineering or mortuary science majors, you probably aren’t going to work in an office that has “Humanities” on the door. Yet contrary to popular belief, majoring in humanities gives you more–rather than fewer–options. Turning that wealth of possibility into a […]

Read More...

From the other side of the table: Why those in positions to hire people should NOT agree to informational interviews (and why you should ask for them anyway).

L. V. Anderson, associate editor of Slate, describes her own experiences with giving informational interviews and makes the case for why people in positions to make hiring decisions should NOT agree to take part in them.  Her bottom line? It’s anti-meritocratic. It’s impossible for everyone who’s searching for a job to land an informational interview […]

Read More...

Demystifying Networking: The Informational Interview

What does “networking” actually look like? In a presentation on Career Planning in the Humanities, Andrew Allen, Director of Illinois Business Consulting, offered UIUC humanities majors a valuable piece of advice: networking is essential for getting a job. On the surface, this advice may seem obvious. After all, “networking” has become a cultural buzzword that […]

Read More...

Illinois Business Consulting and Humanities Majors

by Valerie O’Brien Are you wondering how to supplement your rich humanities background (and entries on your résumé) with some business experience before you graduate? You might consider joining Illinois Business Consulting, a time-intensive but professionally rewarding organization that offers you hands-on consulting experience. What is Illinois Business Consulting (IBC)? IBC is an extracurricular opportunity […]

Read More...

Should You Write for Free?

A lot of online publications are looking for writers. Some of them pay for articles, many don’t. Some offer other incentives: future opportunities to edit, recommendation letters, college credit. Here are some reasons to write for free: You can develop writing samples (often requested by employers looking to hire creative talent). It’s fun. It can […]

Read More...

Yes, You Should Have a LinkedIn Profile

If you’re not on LinkedIn yet, you should be. You don’t need to wait until you have an official�job title or a clear career objective. �LinkedIn has a lot to offer college students, even those who aren’t thinking yet about their plans for after college: Potential employers, mentors, contacts WILL look you up there. You […]

Read More...