A major in art history needs to network, to self-assess their skills

Dear JT & Dale: I am worried about my son who is in his final year in college. He told me that most of his friends have done internships (mostly virtually) and have already been offered jobs when they graduate this coming year. He graduated in art history, hasn’t done any internship, and has no idea what he wants to do after graduation. Advice? – Contesse

JT: A degree in art history is difficult, as at first glance it might seem like there aren’t a lot of transferable skills. If he’s not looking to work in a museum or get a graduate degree, then he should meet with the school’s guidance counselors and start taking stock of his skills. One of the biggest mistakes students make is not self-assessing enough to understand how they would like to create value on the job. Just because you are interested in a subject and are doing well in school doesn’t mean you would do this for a job. The sooner he determines which skills to tap into a paid position, the sooner he can start finding employment opportunities and even possibly do an internship this year to prepare him for a full-time job after graduation. .

DALE: In the meantime, there’s no fault of art history. It turns out that almost three-quarters of university graduates have jobs outside of their major. Another statistic is less reassuring: 41% of new graduates are underemployed in the sense that they hold jobs that do not require a degree. (Both figures come from a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.) One way to avoid underemployment is to do internships, as these are companies that want college graduates and use interns as employees. test. While it might be too late for your son to land an internship, the good news is that his friends have, and they’re all potential connections to organizations that hire new graduates. In addition to working with the school’s career center, he can do his own background research among his friends, and yours as well. This is the perfect time to meet up with people you admire; not to ask for a job, but to ask for thoughts on career choices and finding meaning at work. Urge him to follow the energy.

JT: If you see your son struggling, I encourage him to check out the free resources at workitdaily.com. We’ve worked with thousands of students online and helped them figure out not only what to look for in a job, but how to design a resume and other tools to find that first job outside of the workplace. ‘school.

Dear JT & Dale: I worked for my boss throughout the pandemic, and we didn’t hire anyone. On several occasions he told me that he was worried that the business would go bankrupt. Now the business is booming again and he is hiring. He asked me to train the beginners and while I was working with one of them I found out that the person was earning more than me. I am furious. What can I do? – Hunt

DALE: This situation has changed a lot lately, and I’m starting to think that some employers have developed a wasted year mindset: it’s like they started all over again when the economy started to fail. reopen. What should you do Be happy. You just need to refresh yourself like a stuck website and shift your boss’s thinking about you in the new, post-pandemic economy.

JT: To do this, make a list of all the things you accomplished during the pandemic for your organization. Then sit down with your boss and explain to them that you’ve stayed by their side and created a lot of value and learned that new hires earn more than you. I would ask him what it would take for your salary to be adjusted. The key is to stay calm, stay sane, and really sell your value. Hopefully he can see what’s going on and rectify the situation.

Jeanine “JT” Tanner O’Donnell is a career coach and founder of the leading career site www.workitdaily.com. Dale Dauten is the founder of The Innovators’ Lab and the author of an HR novel, “The Weary Optimist”. Please visit them at jtanddale.com, where you can email questions, or write to them at King Features Syndicate, 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2021 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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