Is It The Perfect Career for You?

Gone are the days when society considered humanities a second-rung education and career, an option taken only by those less intelligent or unable to secure a place in the ‘mainstream’ disciplines. Today, it is one of the most sought after subjects in schools and colleges and is even a recommended discipline of study for those opting for science. It has been proven that a study of humanities lowers the walls that exist among disciplines enabling students to move across disciplines more freely. 

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.” This famous quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. is also relevant to business organizations.

Humanities encourages one’s attention to morality, ethics, and human life and its progress over the years. It focuses on the concepts of fair play and justice, empathy, and rights of minorities and equality. A holistic society with a solid framework of values is only possible if there is a strong thread of humanities connecting the other sectors such as finance, management, and science and technology. A career in humanities prepares you to fulfill your civic and cultural responsibilities. It strengthens your ability to communicate and work with others.

To pursue a career in humanities, a person should possess a confident personality, excellent communication skills, and an aptitude to empathize and understand human values. Humanities as a discipline is about interpretation that turns information into knowledge. This is true of all its various forms may it be literature, art history, sociology, psychology, political science, or anthropology.

Industry Snapshot

Growing awareness of the need for social sciences and humanities in every stream of education and business has led to the emergence of research centers, mostly funded by foreign ministries and institutes, which engage in major issues facing contemporary India.

Eu-India Social Sciences and Humanities Platform (EqUIP) is one such program that serves to promote research in the discipline in a three year initiative with funding from the European Commission under its 7th Framework Programme for Research. Their key objective is to share knowledge and best practices and also to establish networks between researchers on a global platform. The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) is another research center that is part of a network of 27 research centers of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In an era of globalization and easy access to information, humanities is a field that has slowly gained prominence as a unifying discipline. The career path in the humanities sector in the near future is brightly lit with lucrative opportunities because of the growing need to understand and rightly interpret human behavior to sustain industrial and economic growth of the country. 

Nature of Work

Humanities  focuses more on interpretation of available theories rather than concrete facts such as Math and Science. You will have to disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations. You will have to identify issues for research and analysis. Since your career could involve constantly seeking new information about people, things, and ideas, intellectual curiosity and creativity are important personal traits. Open-mindedness and adaptability are important in all kinds of Humanities disciplines.  You will have to develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case laws, historical papers, polls, and/or statistical sources. Keeping yourself regularly updated about the current affairs relating to your area of work would be of great help. This may also involve travel from place to place for public opinion surveys; and finding reports.

Indoor jobs include interpreting and analyzing policies, public issues, legislation, and/or the operations of governments, businesses and organizations. This may involve valuating programs, policies, and making related recommendations to institutions and organizations. You will also need to write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use and perform trend analysis on political, economic and social matters especially if you choose to work in government departments.

As you grow in your profession you will consult with and advise government officials, civic bodies, research agencies, the media, political parties, and others concerned with political issues. You may also provide media commentary and/or criticism related to public policy and political issues and events.

Skills Required Powers of self expression both written and oral

  • Desire to explore
  • Critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills
  • Capability to accumulate, select, organize, synthesize and interpret a wide range of data
  • Broadened perspective, ability to examine issues from different points of view
  • To write concisely and clearly to deadlines
  • Critical evaluation and objective analytical ability
  • Ability to work on own initiative and in groups
  • Ability to connect diverse ideas (and to connect text to experience) according to various conceptual frameworks and with a nuanced understanding of related theoretical and societal issues 
  • To lead and participate in discussions
  • Ability to rethink ideas from different perspectives, to identify nuances involved, and to interpret and draw conclusions (while addressing how these come about and what they imply)

Different Disciplines of Humanities

  • Psychology/Applied Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Geography
  • History
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Economics/ Applied Economics
  • Public Administration/Public Affairs
  • Library & Information Science/Library Science
  • Home science
  • Religion

Education

Like a General Studies degree or a Liberal Arts degree, a Humanities degree provides such a broad base of disciplines and options that you'll find it rewarding at any level. It is also one of the most flexible online degree programs, offering a convenient method of obtaining the educational background you need if you decide to continue your Humanities degree should match your own range of personal characteristics and interests. Excellent written and oral communication skills are necessary.

Schools begin teaching Humanities in the form of Civics as part of the Social Studies curriculum in secondary school. Politics and Humanities courses are available at all the central and state universities in the country at under-graduate, post-graduate and research level. The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities introduces students to a broad perspective on human behavior, thought, and values through selected topics across the arts and Humanities. You'll develop skills in communication, writing, problem-solving and critical thinking. If you want to study and work at the same time, consider taking online college courses to get the most out of your career and your education.

After 10th

After 10th standard, students should opt for the right subject combinations offered in their school. The Arts group subjects are History, Geography, English Literature, Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Psychology and so on.

After 12th

After 12th, one can pursue Bachelor of Arts in English, Social Sciences, Humanities or Bachelor’s in Law, etc. Often, a master’s degree in Liberal Arts will be needed for specialization to get a higher paying job. A student can further continue his/her studies by join Post graduation/ Masters than further do Ph.D. in the respective field the student is interested in.

Career Prospects & Job Opportunities

The diversity of subjects in Humanities stream provides a wide range of opportunities in terms of jobs and careers after graduation and post graduation. There are interesting career opportunities in the field of Education, Civil services, Arts, Media, Photography, Linguistics, Interior design, Travel and tourism, writing, etc.  All one needs to do is hear what their heart and mind say together and pursue their dream with passion.

These days the professions which are associated with Humanities are high in demand and there is good appreciation and monetary benefits too.. After completing a bachelors/master’s program in Political Science/ Humanities, you have an option to join government or private sector firms. Politics, Public administration, Law, and marketing fields are always in need of good political science students . The career prospects in Political science/Humanities have widened enough in the voluntary organizations sector, such as NGOs at the national and international level like the UNO.

Besides, you can join media houses as political journalists and political researchers/analysts. What’s more, you can become members of Parliament or State Legislative Assemblies, or serve various political parties as Party president, a Party member, or an activist. 

Angels and Demons

Pros

  • Gives an insight into everything.
  • Understanding of world affairs
  • Bringing clarity to the future.
  • Name and fame are involved, if you have performed exceptional or different work.

Cons

  • Work assignments are demanding; you need to devote a lot of time and energy, and still everything can be rejected especially in research areas.
  • Deadlines are present and your work is time bound.
  • Each time you are expected to present your work differently and with something new and exciting.
  • You will have to update your knowledge on a daily basis.
  • The industry is competitive, you have to show your creativity and communication skills to sustain.

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