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8 of the Most Unusual Jobs You Can Get with a Humanities Degree

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If you’re studying for a humanities degree, we bet you’ve been asked the question “so what are you going to do after you graduate?”

Humanities subjects generally give their students excellent research skills, good communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a great deal of commercial awareness.

If you’re studying a humanities subject, this makes you an ideal candidate for a variety of exciting jobs in many different sectors, making that seemingly simple question an incredibly difficult one to answer.

With so many options available, you might want to consider some of the most interesting and unusual jobs that you probably won’t have thought of – some of which we will outline below. Read on to find the job you never even knew you wanted…

1. Advertising copywriter

Have you ever looked at an advert and thought ‘I could do better than that!’?  Well if you’ve got a humanities degree and a creative flair, you might want to look into becoming an advertising copywriter.

Advertising copywriters work alongside art directors to produce exciting advertising campaigns to catch your intended audience’s attention.

To become an advertising copywriter, you’ll need to be creative in order to ability to devise catchy headlines, slogans, straplines and leaflets. You’ll also need to work well in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment and have a strong grasp of how language can be used to influence people. This role would be perfectly suited for an English language or literature graduate.

2. Museum Curator

If you love to go around museums in your spare time, a museum curator might be the job for you! Museum curators manage and oversee museum exhibitions, designing the exhibition and its layout and being responsible for any artifacts featured.

As part of your role you may have to acquire objects that may be of interest to the museum, fundraise, write materials for the website, handle enquires from visitors and complete any relevant documentation.

A strong interest in history is a must, making this option perfect for history or history of art degree holders.  Negotiation, research skills and the ability to build strong relationships are all skills that would help you progress in this field.

3. Animator

The job of an animator is to generate ideas, build models and take still imagery and transform it into motion, working to production deadlines.

This role requires a great deal of artistic talent, a creative mind, as well as the ability to pay close attention to detail and communicate effectively.

A career in animating is open to all graduates, including humanities degree holders, however, this career is particularly suited to someone with a background in art, design or film.

4. Genealogist

Genealogists help people learn about their family history, tracing it back through birth and marriage certificates, immigration reports and census materials.

Having an eye for detail is essential for a genealogist, as well as being able to explain things clearly and concisely, and of course, having exceptional research skills.

This role would, once again, suit history graduates, although anyone with an interest in family history would enjoy this role.

5. Events manager

Events managers organize conferences, parties, trips, and seminars for clients. Events managers are the ones responsible for organizing venues, travel, catering, timelines, staffing, insurance, budgets, and much more.

This can be a fairly stressful job, but it is also extremely rewarding when you manage to pull off a successful event!

Events managers are, of course, extremely organized, target driven, with exceptional project management and communication skills, making it an ideal choice for any humanities degree holder.

6. Entertainment reporter

Entertainment reporting is a type of journalism which focuses on film, music, TV and radio, award shows and celebrities. Entertainment reporters interview and write exciting, up to date stories about the many different aspects of entertainment.

Some reporting jobs will require either a degree in journalism or postgraduate journalism qualifications, although if you have strong writing skills and plenty of writing experience, you may be able to bag a job with your humanities degree.

7. Disney Imagineer

Disney Imagineers create brand new experiences for Disney, coming up with new ideas and concepts that will challenge the boundaries of entertainment and offer a personalized experience to each guest.

Graduates looking to gain experience in this industry can apply for one of Disney’s Imagineering internships, where you will get to work alongside Imagineers on real projects and participate in career development sessions. Imagineers will work in a variety of departments, so this is a broad role which you can later specialize.

Teamwork, pragmatic thinking, leadership and imaginative thinking are several skills needed to succeed in this role.

8. Social media director

One job which has recently grown in importance and popularity is the role of social media director. Social media directors plan social media strategies and devise ways to connect with customers through different social media channels, keeping on top of the level of interaction their posts get using metrics and analytics, in order to maximize engagement.

Social media directors will need to keep on top of trends and be good at engaging people in posts online. You will have excellent commercial awareness and be good at understanding your target audience.

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Written by Chloe Lane
A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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