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Old 12-18-2014, 01:58 AM
 
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I think the best bet for people with a BA in liberal arts now is to look for non-degree specific jobs like human resources, sales, marketing, and recruiting positions.

I think there are even few master degree jobs in the liberal arts that can get you a job. I mean, even teaching jobs like at a junior college and in schools are becoming harder and harder to find.
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Old 12-18-2014, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Sadly, I think you're right. My goal is to move and I've been looking for jobs that will allow me to transfer - usually in sales since my area doesn't have much besides retail.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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If I may ask (and no offense meant) why would anyone pursue a degree in Liberal Arts? Especially at Grad level?
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:05 AM
 
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I think the best bet for people with a BA in liberal arts now is to look for the getting the best job they can get and build a career. Most of the time, the best jobs won't be had through applying on line, it'l lbe through networking, begging, pleading, etc.

If a person can sell insurance policies or financial services to people they don't know, that person can use those same skills to get a job.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:16 AM
 
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I think the best bet for people with a BA in liberal arts now is to look for non-degree specific jobs like human resources, sales, marketing, and recruiting positions.

I think there are even few master degree jobs in the liberal arts that can get you a job. I mean, even teaching jobs like at a junior college and in schools are becoming harder and harder to find.

Good advice but the problem I usually find is not "I can't find the HR jobs, the recruiting jobs, the sales jobs etc..." it is rather " Yea I found the HR, the recruiting, the sales jobs and I applied to them, the problem is no one is calling me back".


HR jobs, I honestly do wonder how one acquires a job in HR? Yes I often see job openings in recruiting (often as recruiters for various employment agencies and sales (often commission only) that really don't care about the candidate having a specific degree and or years of experience. Yet I have never seen a HR job opening that did not require X years of experience and or a degree in X.

In any case, I believe you are on point. Probably the best bet for the LA grad is to apply for the non-specific degree jobs. The question being then, are there enough non-specific degree jobs to satisfy all the LA grads?
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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If I may ask (and no offense meant) why would anyone pursue a degree in Liberal Arts? Especially at Grad level?
I'm terrible at math; I'm not a numbers person at all. My strong suit is languages and the written word. It doesn't help that I hate my area and want to move badly... but need a 2nd job to save to do that. Vicious cycle. :\
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:56 AM
 
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It would be tough to find a job in HR and Marketing without the education, but I do agree that sales and recruiting are both options.
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:59 AM
 
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HR jobs, I honestly do wonder how one acquires a job in HR? Yes I often see job openings in recruiting (often as recruiters for various employment agencies and sales (often commission only) that really don't care about the candidate having a specific degree and or years of experience. Yet I have never seen a HR job opening that did not require X years of experience and or a degree in X.
There are various classes and certificates in HR. Remember much of it is knowing regulations. FMLA, HIPPA, state laws etc.
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:05 AM
 
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Liberal arts or no liberal arts, it still allows you to check the "degree required" box on a job application.
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:05 AM
 
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I think the best bet for people with a BA in liberal arts now is to look for non-degree specific jobs like human resources, sales, marketing, and recruiting positions.
Almost everyone I know with a liberal arts degree is doing exactly that. Also, technical writing, working in the insurance industry, and project management in different industries. One of my friends, for instance, is an IT project manager. She got her start by working in a call center while still in college, worked her way up to managing there, then went on to some kind of e-commerce project management, which led her to IT project management. I worked with many project managers in a completely different industry, and I'm pretty sure none of them had technical degrees.
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