Here is humanities-specific advice on career exploration, job-hunting, and making the transition from college to professional life:

Careers for Humanities Majors: The Basics

Resumes for Humanities Majors

  • UIUC #thewayyousayit – help with phrasing points for your resume for some common jobs you might have had/have
  • Action Verbs – a list of action words in five groups to help you find just the right word

Networking for Humanities Majors

Career Fairs for Humanities Majors

FAQ: Research Park and Humanities Majors.

Four Years to a Job: A Planning Timeline

Small rooms for private phone interviews through on-line scheduler (off-line due to Covid-19)


Humanities at Illinois (Learn more about what our campus has to offer you)

Financial Literacy Badges (learn more about adulting). The goal of the Badges Program is to provide a structured option for expanding student’s financial skills and knowledge related to each one of the above financial topics or “financial core competencies”.


News articles and blogs:

Mental Floss, October 2020, Job Secrets (Multiple sections)

Vault, July 14, 2020, Salary Negotiating Tips for Remote Jobs

Illinois LAS NEWS, May 2020, New class for humanities majors provides a deeper look at career development: Students adjust during COVID-19 pandemic to maintain experiential learning

Cashay, April 17, 2020, Coronavirus: How to Find a Job in a Tough Economy

NPR, April 16, 2020, Graduating in a Pandemic: Advice For the Anxious Post-College Job Search

Forbes, April 1, 2020, Ten Ways to Launch a Successful Job Search amid coronavirus

Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2020,  At Home Networking Strategizes

CNBC, March 17, 2020, Coronavirus is Spurring on remote hiring. How to Nail Your Job Interview from Afar

Forbes, April 1, 2020, How to Network When while social distancing

PayScale, March 30, 2020, 7 Common Remote Work Mistakes, and How to Recover

Forbes, Dec 10, 2019, No, Humanities Degrees Don’t Mean Low Salaries

Daily Trojan, November 24, 2019, English-degree holders are an integral part of society

Washington Post, Oct 19 2019, The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

The Centennial Heights, Sept 30, 2019, Both Humanities and STEM Majors are Necessary and Valid

Inside Big Data, Sept 12, 2019, Models for Thinking: An Example of Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities

New York Times, Sept 20, 2019, In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure

US News and World Report, Sept 24, 2018, Your College Major Does Not Define Your Career