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Making Career Decisions from an Arts Degree 18 th December, 2012. John Hannon. What’s this session all about?. Arts, happiness and career decisions How do we spread the news? Subject, career and course paths and progression routes... Arts and employability. The Value of an Arts Degree.

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making career decisions from an arts degree 18 th december 2012

Making Career Decisions from an Arts Degree 18th December, 2012

John Hannon

Career Development Centre

what s this session all about
What’s this session all about?
  • Arts, happiness and career decisions
  • How do we spread the news? Subject, career and course paths and progression routes...
  • Arts and employability

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the value of an arts degree
The Value of an Arts Degree
  • “All art is quite useless”

Oscar Wilde

“Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way”

Albert Einstein

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what do students want
What do students want?

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expectations from guidance counsellors
.....Expectations….from Guidance Counsellors?

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geography of happiness
Geography of Happiness

Green= Happiest >Blue>Purple> Orange>Red= Least Happy; Grey= Data not available

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Believe it or not!
  • In the past people didn’t value happiness.
  • Instead, they valued virtue and greatness, which may result in suffering. [We might be going back that way!]
  • Happiness was [is] considered an unworthy pursuit!
related research how do we make irrational choices
Related Research: How Do We Make Irrational Choices?
  • People make decisions based on their current situation.
  • People tend to adapt to things around them eventually.
  • People tend to remember feelings that they expect to remember, not actual feelings that they experience.
doer realistic archaeology it
Archaeology

Information technology

Instructional technology / training

Programmer

Police Officer / Garda

Quality (assurance, control)

Safety

Doer (Realistic)...archaeology, IT

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thinker investigative all subjects especially economics psychology maths soc and pol
Actuary

Computer science

Economist

Finance

Lawyer

Market researcher

Mathematics

Physician/Medical school

Teacher /Lecturer e.g. maths

Psychologist

Psychiatrist

Statistics

Sociologist

Systems analyst

Journalist

Thinker (Investigative)....all subjects! Especially economics, psychology, maths, soc. and pol.

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creator artistic majority of subjects especially languages history
Creator (Artistic)...majority of subjects especially languages, history
  • Actor
  • Advertising copy writer
  • Director
  • Dancer
  • Editor
  • Musician
  • Museum curator
  • Patent agent
  • Producer
  • Teacher (e.g. Languages)
  • Technical writer
  • Web designer
  • Writer
  • Poet

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helper social sociological and political studies psychology education
Advocate

Guidance counsellor

Therapist / counsellor

Care worker

Education/teacher

Health promotion officer

Occupational therapist

Psychologist

Social worker, probation officer

Theology / religious life

Social Worker

Speech-language therapist

Helper (Social)...Sociological and Political Studies, psychology, education

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persuader enterprising economics law
Administration

Business

Communications

Insurance

Investment Banker

Journalism

Law / Politics

Marketing / Advertising

Management

Management Consultant

Public Health

Publishing

Public relations

Public policy

Retail

Stockbroker

Sales

Persuader (Enterprising) ...Economics, law

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organiser conventional economics mathematics languages
Accountant

Actuary

Administration

Banking/Investment banking

Business

Clerk

Copy Editing

Financial analyst

Information officer

Lexicographer

Librarian

Proofreader

Secretary

Technical writer

Organiser (Conventional)...economics, mathematics, languages

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nui galway ba graduates and postgraduates 2011
NUI Galway BA graduates (and postgraduates) 2011
  • Further Study/Training 58.5 (19.1)%
  • Seeking Employment 5.3 (9.4)%
  • Yr. Out/Not Available Emp. 3.6 (2.8)%
  • In Employment 30.6 (67.7)%

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traditional career sectors from arts how do we get this across and go beyond it
‘Traditional’ career sectors from Arts...how do we get this across? [ and go beyond it]
  • Public Service and Teaching
  • Media / PR / Advertising
  • Arts / Culture
  • Leisure / Tourism / Travel
  • Library / Archives / Information
  • Insurance/Marketing/Retailing/HR/Finance
  • IT
  • Law
the economic factor
The economic factor?

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fastest growing industries
Fastest Growing Industries

Information Technology

Healthcare

Energy Efficiency / Environmental

E-Learning

Microelectronics

Manufacturing Productivity

Composite Materials

Social Networking

Business Services – esp. Multilingual

Telecommunications

Food

Ref: Enterprise Ireland - HPSU’s

IDA Ireland – Competence Centres

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  • Care of the Elderly
  • Business & Personal Coaching
  • Personal Wellbeing
  • Medical Devices & Technology
  • Accounting (some aspects more than others)
  • Digital Media – e.g. -gaming, mobile media, animation
  • Alternative Power Generation
  • Financial Regulation and Control
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
importance of arts humanities business and social science
Importance of Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Science
  • Underpin sectors such as finance, business, legal, communications, cultural, tourist and education and social services
  • Knowledge of foreign languages and understanding of world cultures can be an asset to any exporting enterprise
  • Understanding of consumer and natural behaviours
  • Hybrid and blended skills
  • Linking with the Natural Sciences

Ursula Halligan, EGFSN

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great skill combinations
Great Skill Combinations

Languages and logistics

Languages and marketing/sales

Product knowledge and sales

Finance and quantitative modelling

Law and finance

Statistics and software modelling

Software architecture and business

Web design; animation; programming

Source: National Skills Unit

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What are employers

looking for??

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graduate recruitment trends survey 2012 gradireland
Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey 2012 (gradireland)
  • 57.7% Graduates ‘who can demonstrate core competences’
  • 59.2% Must have studied specific degree
  • 57.7% Require a 2.1
  • 25.4% Must have relevant work experience
shortfalls in soft skills hard skills
Communication

Motivation

Analytical skills

Managing own learning

Problem solving

Confidence

Independent working

Flexibility

Writing

Administration + org.

Fluency in foreign language

Basic computer skills

Leadership

Project management

Numeracy

Shortfalls in Soft skills Hard skills
in summary what can arts graduates offer employers
Task/Goal Orientated

Cultural Flexibility

Highly Motivated

Communication Skills

Organisational Skills

Research Skills

Presentation Skills

Intelligence

Work Experience

Critical Thinking Skills

Planning/Organisational Skills

Time Management

Independent Working Skills

Specialised Knowledge

Networking skills

Career Focus….?

In Summary: What Can Arts Graduates Offer Employers?

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the language divide
The ‘Language Divide’

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some career paths with subjects e g psychological studies
Some Career Paths with subjects e.g. Psychological Studies
  • Social Work
  • Counselling, Guidance and Counselling
  • Community & Youth Work
  • Business / Management/HR
  • IT – e.g. training, systems analysis, management
  • Media, journalism
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Research /Administration
  • Teaching (mainly primary and higher education)
  • ABA
  • Retail and marketing

Not to mention the other subject…and the BA!

some career paths with history
Some Career Paths with History
  • Heritage, museums, archives
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Library
  • Tourism
  • Genealogy
  • Media e.g. journalism

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languages two career paths
Languages: two career paths
  • Specialist language occupations
    • Translation, teaching, interpreting
  • Occupations with languages
    • e.g. bilingual accounts, market research, international sales, bilingual customer support, admin. In Euro. Commission, software localisation, consultancy services, export / trading…..

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postgraduate conversion programmes
Postgraduate Conversion Programmes

PhD

POSTGRADUATE CONVERSION PROGRAMME

MASTERS (TAUGHT/RESEARCH)

DEGREE

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seven categories of conversion programmes
Seven Categories of Conversion Programmes

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arts general examples
Arts: General Examples…
  • Archaeology, NUI Galway
  • Psychology, NUI Galway, UCC, UCD, TCD, DBS
  • Journalism, NUI Galway, DCU, DIT, Griffith, Fitzwilliam Institute
  • Planning and Sustainable Development, UCD,UCC, QUB
  • Arts Admin./Policy & Practice, NUI Galway, UCD
  • Literature and Publishing, NUI Galway
  • Digital Media NUI Galway and Multimedia, DCU

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business examples
Business: Examples
  • Business (e.g. H Dip Business Studies) NUI Galway, UL
  • Accountancy, GMIT, DCU, DIT, UCC
  • Marketing & also Advertising, DIT
  • Economics (H Dip– NUI Galway

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it examples
IT: Examples
  • Software Design & Development, NUI Galway
  • Information Systems Management, NUI Galway
  • Computer Engineering (need maths) UL
  • Computer Science, Letterkenny IT, IT Tralee, UCD
  • Information Technology, NUI Galway, NUIM

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www. gradireland.com

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how can we convey these key points
How can we convey these key points?
  • Most students don’t choose a career path until their final year.
  • Most students worry about being typecast by their discipline…yet the degree seldom limits options.
  • Most students gain new interests during their studies.
  • Arts course provide key skills for employers.

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