Planning for the future can be hard…
- One-third of Australian university graduates do not find work in their field of study.
- 3.3 years is the average amount of time an Australian will stay in the same job. This equates to roughly 12 job changes throughout your lifetime.
- 85 per cent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been invented.
Considering these statistics, why do students continue to focus on university degrees which steer them towards a single profession? Is this really the best approach to prepare for the future?
Prepare for every possibility with a liberal arts degree
A liberal arts degree ‘liberates’ you from the burden of having to choose a career specialisation too early in life. Instead of focusing on a single discipline, you will study the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities in unison.
By exploring issues, ideas and methods across a range of subjects, you will understand how different fields of knowledge are related and develop superior communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These qualities will set you apart in the job market and lay the foundation for success throughout your entire working life.
Pathways for liberal arts graduates
Liberal arts students have several options upon completion of their studies. These include:
- Going straight into the workforce in fields such as media/journalism, evangelisation, research and politics.
- Being accepted into a graduate program with a government department, multinational corporation, not-for-profit organisation or an Australian company (e.g. Teach for Australia, Deloitte)
- Enrolling in a postgraduate course to specialise for a particular profession such as education, law, international relations, business or information science. This is a fantastic way to build on your foundational liberal arts degree and a pathway that will set you apart from other graduates who have only undertaken undergraduate study in a single discipline. See the diagram below for a practical example of this pathway.