Job Search & Application for Humanities and Social Sciences: 12 Tips for Starting a Job

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Even if social change is a change in employers' minds, the labor market for minds and social scientists is still tense. What is the reason and what can the graduates do?

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Here writes for you: Simone Janson is a publisher, German Top20 blogger & consultant for HR communication, referenced in ARD, WELT, ZEIT, Wikipedia. Profile

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Just in the trend?


Earlier, people often heard that the minds and the social sciences can only become taxpayers. Today, as the signs are growing in a time of globalization and digital transformation, and that purely economic thinking is not going on in society, the positive signs for these graduates are increasing.

Do you believe that Future researcher Dr. Eike Wenzel, spiritual sciences and culture are even in the trend. Commercially successful examples of this are the book sales of Richard David Precht or Peter Sloterdjik. And the British Classic FM came within four months on 4,2 million listeners a week by providing classical music with explanatory lyrics. The secret of success in all cases was to translate the highly specialized background knowledge for normal consumers and thus make everyday use possible.

Hot-looking looks different


But they are not hot, on the contrary, many humanities and social sciences are regarded as orchids. They are the exotics among universities and rarely found in the course catalog, such as Egyptology, Sinology or Art Education.

But whoever thinks the low competition opens up better chances on the labor market, is wrong: apart from a limited special area the chances are rather bad. But what do you do if you do not get this niche?

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First explain what you have studied


Among the subjects, which the "Kleiner Fächer", the "Humanities" are the largest group. And that is the one with the biggest problems after finding a job. Even if only a few academics choose an orchid, there are still too many for the few places at universities, museums and cultural institutions.

In the free economy, however, one must first explain what one has actually studied: For what Company desperately looking for the designated expert in Comparative Literature or Religious Studies? Because even if many companies like to advertise full-bodied, be open to creative career changers: In practice, no one likes to buy what he does not know. Besides, in Germany you just have to do what you have learned and not something else! The exotics often do not fit into the thinking of most employers and are eyed accordingly suspicious.

The location is difficult, but not hopeless


But even if the situation is difficult, it is by no means futile: 2004 already pleaded the Hamburg Professor Dr. Martha Meyer-Althoff in an interview at Spiegel Online for finally ceasing collective wailing over the bad job prospects and revealing constructive solutions. I used to be for my book The Optimal Career Entry, which deals with the same target group, researched extensively on this subject.

By the way, she explicitly meant her colleagues at the universities, who like to greet her orchid students with the words: "What do you want here - you are all unemployed!" But such inferiority complexes do not help, on the contrary: Meyer-Althof recommendation to the graduates was also to make clear, which occupation-relevant abilities one acquires in his studies - this then confidently to sell the job search.

Scientists can think more than professors


That it is a lot is also known Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies, who made a career as a historian at the Chancellery, at the ÖTV and DHL: "Basically, each study conveys key and basic skills that allow you to structure the facts, systematically work on new topics and apply your knowledge in different fields and important skills, from language, culture, society and life in general, to good writing and sensitivity to SoftSkills, which are useful in many activities. "

The fact is that many exotics can do more than they believe - as the many examples of successful graduates show. About Juliane Meyer, which, with the study of comparative studies and book sciences, had made it into the editorship of an economic publishing house. Or Stefan Zeilinger's Profile, who as a technology and science historian landed not in the technical museum, but as a patent expert in a law firm.

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Spiritual scientists use their chances


A recently published study by the Institute for Employment Research titled "Labor Market Opportunities for Humanities Scientists: Analyzes, Perspectives, Business Start-ups" shows that humanities and cultural scientists are seizing their opportunities in a wide range of fields of work.

However, this occupational group appears to be more frequent than others in precarious employment, and the monthly average income is about 600 Euro below that of other academic groups. Therefore, the exotics professional success usually define about work satisfaction and self-realization.

12 Tips for getting on the job for spiritual scientists


Anyone who has studied an anthropological orchid study has a lot of explanatory needs in the free economy and not necessarily the best cards.

What else can you do to find a job? By the way - if that is not enough, we bring in part 2 & 3 this series more tips.

  1. The right minor subjects: If already an orchid subject such as Islamic studies or comparative literature - why not with a minor subject such as law or economics? This increases your chances of a publishing career or the external service considerably.
  2. Looking beyond the box: Many exotics know only the universities and have no idea at all, what other possibilities still offer. Just think a step further!
  3. Gain Practical Experience: Get Out of the Ivory Tower and gain as much hands-on experience as you can during your studies - then you have a good chance to find a job outside of your niche.
  4. Experiencing Strategic Gathering: There are many studies that show better maps, who already knows at an early stage, where they are willing and willing to acquire competences in this area.
  5. Show initiative: In the economy: You have to persuade art workers of their abilities - not the other way around!
  6. You can believe more than you! In their studies, they have not only learned the subject, but also analytical thinking, organizational skills, teamwork, and many more, which helps in the labor market.
  7. Self-awareness is a good thing: Make yourself aware of what skills you have acquired during your studies, which can help you score points. You must bring it over!
  8. Conquering thirsty stretches: If it does not work out the way with the dreamjob, you can use the time to reorient yourself.
  9. Caution! So many a man who has heard again and again, he could only be taxed after graduation, sinking into a kind of intellectual defiance, if the dream job does not work out right away. This is unfortunately the wrong way!
  10. If you are not able to score points with your qualifications, you have to acquire new ones: for example, in a goal-oriented postgraduate studies or a further education in an economic direction. There are numerous offers from universities or the IHK.
  11. Alternative Entrepreneurship: Start-ups can be an alternative to realize your own ideas. But every good idea needs a market to sell. So do not start too blue-eyed, but let yourself be informed and advised in advance.
  12. Search for examples: orient yourself on how other successful spiritual scientists have succeeded. On too Best of HR -® You will find interviews, CVs and many more tips sorted by subject.

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