COMIC ALERT: Top 5 Jobs for Liberal Arts Grads (Pro Tip: Learn to Love Kittens)

As you may or may not know, I spend a good portion of my days helping eager students apply to college and graduate school through my business, Just Start Storytelling. More often than not, my graduate applicants apply to science, business or technical programs because, you know, there are actual jobs available in the those industries. I am amazed on a regular basis at how many interesting niche programs there are, and find myself wishing I could apply too.

However, as someone who has made extensive study both of the Sciences and of the Humanities, sometimes I’m a little concerned that more Liberal Arts grads aren’t finding their way into graduate degrees. Even more worrisome is the perception in the mass media that a Liberal Arts degree will land you back in your parents’ basement, working fast food jobs until you’re 50 just to pay for mom and dad’s heating bills. As someone who spent a long time searching for her own post-collegiate career path, I can tell you that this is absolutely false. In fact, if you’re willing to invent your own job, there is a world of job possibilities out there for any hardworking Liberal Arts grad. You just have to know how to do one thing: mix and match adjectives and nouns. That’s right, it’s Invent Your Career Via Random Word Generator!

From “Professional Hemp Baker” to “Extraordinary Leaf Pruner” and everything in between, there are many excellent options. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at my top 5 picks below. (To make this read extra fun, see if you can guess which ones I actually encountered when I was first began my desperate search for employment so many years ago).

1. Kitten Dialysis Operator2. Professional Measurer3. Passive Aggressive Security Guard4. Random Knowledge Generator5. Fungineer

So you see, all you have to do is shove a few adjectives together and you’re good to go! Don’t you feel so much better? I know I sure do! But seriously folks, I actually do believe you’re well-qualified to do so many jobs with a liberal arts degree, as long as you get a little inventive. I detail a few of these paths for writers in this old post up on Write By Night, but there is so much more you can do than just that. So if you’re seeking to apply those skills somewhere, don’t give up hope!

P.S. Have you guessed which job (other than the Fungineer one, because that’s obvious), I actually encountered in my hunt post-grad school? Give it a guess in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “COMIC ALERT: Top 5 Jobs for Liberal Arts Grads (Pro Tip: Learn to Love Kittens)

  1. Im going to try that, sounds promissing ;). I started college in liberal arts (plastic arts) and halfway through realizing how useless everything I was learning was, I fell into a deep depression. The anxiety was crippling and It became impossible to get anything done. 6-7 years later Ive got no bachelor, a bunch of withdrawals and as of this semester a bunch of F’s. My father was helping me pay for college, but he always waited to the VERY end of teh semester to pay, so I couldnt transfer ever, because I had to be debt free to be able to do a transference.That coupled with my youth’s lostness, aimlessness and anxiety -of big open areas full of people =COLLEGE- , meant failure. The last stick on the camel’s back was meeting my now long term boyfriend. I didnt know how to deal with a relationship or with a serious amount of ambiguity (specially with all my deep seated needs for acceptance, afection and attention AKA love -coming from growing up with a cold, distant, dysfunctianl family dynamic-), so my depression and anxiety spiralled out of control as I wrestled with a relationship I was reecting on some level but that I couldnt let go of because it was feeling a need.. Obviously im a sensitive person, I could picture any number of regular people who could deal with that no problemo. But Im who I am I guess, at any given point in time.
    Now im 25, soon to be 26, and am thinking of switching universities to a smaller, faster one (trimesters, instead of semesters). That way I dont inflame too much my open space/lots of people anxiety, as well as be able to start fresh in something I believe in. Problem now is finances. The college I will move to will be more expensive than the one im now. I’ll see. ;)

    • You can do it! Being a returning student comes with lots of advantages, mostly relating to a clarity and discipline few 18 year olds have. That’s why professors love returning students.

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