Humanities and a career seem to be like fire and water. Humanities scholars can also do a lot for their own Success do. A plea.
The best starting position
That the career entry is often difficult for humanities scholars, we don't need to talk about that. What to do to be successful? Quite a few humanities scholars ask themselves this question before starting their careers. But success is also a question of attitude.
But what we should talk about are the possibilities with which you, as a humanities scholar, move into the best possible start position, because here many students and graduates do not exhaust all resources.
What can I do?
Getting to grips with the demands of the labor market at an early stage is the most important foundation that can be created as a budding humanist. Of course, this is best achieved through practical experience.
This can be internships, but also student jobs, assistant jobs at the Uni or freelance work for editorial offices and cultural institutions. However, you are not doing yourself any favors by simply “letting go” of these experiences.
The economy is not your enemy
Instead of openly and curiously exploring one's opportunities and abilities, many humanities scholars look at them Economy rather than something like an opponent, a System where you "unfortunately" have to stay at some point to get your rolls to earn. However, you can only really benefit from internships and part-time jobs if you take your experiences seriously and, above all, reflect on them.
It is said that humanities scholars are good at reflection. That may apply to course content - but when it comes to your own abilities clear to name, many are unsure
One possibility for an intensive discussion with one's own knowledge is, for example, a science journal. It offers the opportunity to regularly reflect their own knowledge, to consciously name knowledge sources and thus to document and sharpen their own profile in the long term.
- What did I learn in my next job, internship, club or even traveling?
- Whom did I meet?
- Did I enjoy the activity?
- What could I use the knowledge for later?
- What sources did I use to adapt to the knowledge (books, Internet forums, colleagues)?
- All these are questions that play a role in documentation, because it creates the experience of an added value to filter.
Success is also a matter of attitude
Become Status Quo knows his level of knowledge and can name his own skills, has already created a good basis to be able to argue in the application process, for example, why he is suitable for the advertised position. In the end, it's not just about convincing your counterpart why you're suitable, but why you're simply the best Candidate is for the job. And this is exactly where a tactic begins that many humanities scholars suspect: Treat yourself sell.
Especially young professionals are hard to convince themselves. Too loud were the voices that screamed from the first semester on, that humanities scholars will have a hard time, and anyway: who needs humanities scholars? But those who do not believe in themselves will not get one HR be able to convince themselves. When in doubt, the following applies: Fake it till you make! That means: You pretend for so long confident to be up one sometime confident is. With the idea of slipping into a role, the “itself sell" better.
The song of Vitamin B
Why are there so few humanities scholars on professional networks like XING? A lot of people are probably thinking, "That somehow has nothing to do with me, that's someone else World” or “I don’t know anyone.”. It is often the personal and professional contacts that open up new opportunities and opportunities and can even lead to a job at the crucial moment.
While building a personal network takes time and effort, it pays off in the end. XING not only offers the advantage of using the People that you got to know in Contact to stay (keyword practical experience!), but is also a good platform to draw on one's own skills, knowledge, degrees and interests I aufmerksam close. Here you can specifically influence the image you want to give to the public.
Leave the comfort zone
Gain practical experience, your own Reset and reflect on one's own abilities, stand up for oneself and maintain one's own network - it all sounds very simple. Nevertheless, many humanities scholars unfortunately find it very difficult in these disciplines.
It is not for nothing that passion for the subject and the feeling of self-realization are often cited as reasons for studying the humanities. If you want to make a career, you probably choose other courses. It's also totally in Order starting from the personal passion at the Wahl of the course. After all, you're only good at what you really enjoy doing. Nevertheless, the economic aspect may one Vocational Training do not fall completely under the table. The simple rule here is that you occasionally have to leave the comfort zone of your own studies in order to set the course for a successful professional career Future deliver.
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