First Career Blog: Learning to Work

Occasional articles relating to education, work and how to navigate the journey from one to the other

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Article kindly contributed by Sid Hayns Worthington. 01/12/17

The Humanities Degree

You’ve just completed a humanities or social sciences degree but at a loss of what to do next. How would you describe that feeling?

Maybe you had a plan, or thought you did, and either changed your mind or your time dedicated to education - and the stress and financial pressures that go with that - hasn’t give you the right skills to get a job in your desired field immediately. The funny thing is, most graduates don’t know what to do next. That might be why more than half of graduates end up working in occupations unrelated to their degrees.

If you’re lucky, your course may have had a work experience element, as universities are increasingly trying to do to make graduates more employable for when they leave. (Employment coming up as an important indicator in student surveys when compiling university league tables).

For example, a public history module in a museum, or, if you read more...

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Juwayriyah Shabir author of The Career Confused Millennial sat on a park bench

Article contributed by Juwayriyah Shabir. 07/11/17

The career confused millenial

So I am a British-Pakistani Muslim. That can mean only one thing: My parents have ridiculously high expectations of me career wise. And ever since Sadiq Khan became mayor of London, it has only gotten worse for us. I’m dead serious.

But before I bring you aboard the SS Pity Party, lets just take a step back and look at the concept of careers through the lens of history.

We are all familiar with the “what do you want to be when you grow up?” question but we do not realise how fortunate we are to live in a time where such a question is asked of us.

A few centuries ago, people did not have careers. They were not told to hone their skills and pursue a career that utilized their talents, was stimulating and meaningful and provided them with a healthy income to live off.

For the vast majority of human history, such an idea was preposterous. The men worked, mostly menial and labour intensive jobs... read more

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Our crazy career maze

The answer is not another $1 trillion in student loan debt to pay for another raft of declining-value credentials.

So let’s say we want to set up a system to help students choose a career that fits their aptitudes and interests. What would we do? How about:

1. Give them zero (or superficial) aptitude and career-related tests.

2. Provide a few minutes with a counselor who knows nothing about them, their aptitudes or potential career-related interests.

3. Design the high school education system to provide near-zero knowledge of finance, debt, economics, how the economy functions and what the world of work demands of workers

4. Denigrate (subtly or directly) non-college career options, channeling those who aren’t sure into 4-year colleges, higher education paid with student loans designed to maximize profiteering...

5. Force them to choose a major or field of study at 17 or 18 years of age, despite their lack of real-world experience and objective knowledge of how ... read more

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Article contributed by Charles Hugh Smith of Of Two Minds. Delivered by The Daily Sheeple 27/09/17