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Students who are interested in pursuing field experience must be aware of the risks associated with COVID-19 in the workplace and acknowledge their understanding of these risks and agree to being personally responsible for minimizing risks by adhering to federal, state and local guidelines and regulations. In addition, students should be aware of all guidelines mandated by their employer. To that end, we are requiring students to sign a Risk Acknowledgement Form that will be housed in the Field Experience Form on Handshake.

Dear Humanities and Fine Arts Majors and Minors,

We are here for you as you navigate the changes ahead, including the remote delivery of our career advising services. For a quick oversight, please go to our Get Advice page. In addition, know that we will be updating this and our other pages of resources frequently.

Consider that this economic disruption, this force of nature upsetting all of our lives, will pass at some point. For most people this time will be just a really weird disruption when they look back on their lives. But it will pass, and we will move on, and most likely there will still be the internships-lead-to-jobs thing students have been hearing from colleges and employers all along. So, our suggestions remain very familiar: learn career skills and get experience. The experience part might be a bit different right now, for example, working in Public Relations remotely, or delivering food (very carefully) to people in isolation. But the main direction persists. Learn how to be a professional and get extracurricular experience.

Career Success upon Graduation with a Humanities Degree

Research has shown that Humanities students who are successful upon graduation do three things:

  1. Get good grades (a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better).
  2. Do internships. Internships. Note the plural.
  3. Participate in career center programming. Gain the five career navigation skills (customizing a resume, customizing a cover letter, learning how to interview, networking, and learning how to find opportunities), and attend events such as career fairs, networking nights, employer information sessions, and alumni panels.

But there is a challenge to all this...

The real challenge is that none of these things are mandatory. They all require extra effort on your part. No one is going to make you do an internship, or force you to learn how to customize your resume. And let’s be real; no one is going to make you get good grades. You are the engine that will make this all happen. It is very easy to get pulled in a lot of directions and become very distracted.

But you are in control of what you choose to do. And if you want to get a good quality job upon graduation, among other things, it is important to get good grades, do internships, and participate in career center programming.

The Career Center of the HFA Advising and Career Center is here to educate you in career skills; provide you with internship, networking and job opportunities; and offer one-on-one advice for landing internships on planning your path to a career.