It's easy to figure out where math and science graduates will fit into the workplace. They are the innovators who propel the rest of us forward. They design our houses, computers, cars, and luxuries. They challenge themselves and build bigger and better things and fundamentally change our use of the world around us. They are doctors and physicists and astronauts. But what about the rest of us? What about the philosophy majors, the history and english people, what about sociologists?
I come from a Humanities' Family. There is no changing it. Numbers are just that, numbers. In my brain they don't correlate into any language or hold any degree of interest without a corresponding story. But what can I do with a humanity degree? Think out loud with some degree of confidence that I will end up approaching a conclusion and, with any luck, an idea. Humanities, the study of ideas.
What good are ideas to a market? I guess that's a stupid question, but isn't that a weird concept, that such a huge margin of the workforce come from humanity backgrounds, which is just a background in thinking? The study of the human condition as opposed to the study of the world around us, the ground beneath our feet.
So what can I expect from a humanity degree, how is it helped any of you? I know it can be employed in almost any fashion and in a way that feels very limiting. If I can do whatever I want with it, why should I settle, or how do I know what to do with it? Full Disclosure: I am an English Major. I'm fairly certain that no one is going to pay me to read books when I get out of college and I'm not so keen on writing any myself, so what am I going to end up doing with that? Sure, by studying one thing I'm getting clear insight into the human mind, by reading I can figure out a greater truth blah blah blah. That shit doesn't get me a job where I'm both doing what I want and getting paid like a rocket scientist. Maybe I should rethink those numbers.
I guess, this is just the breakdown of so many people my age not knowing how they can transfer their higher education to the real world. Yes, people tell me that it's fine I don't know what I want to do, I'm still young, but that's not what the world tells me. The world says: Hurry up Leah, people half your age are madly successful, why aren't you? The world says: the sooner you figure it out the better.
Maybe my english degree will be there to help when I'm unemployed in some alley drinking a 40 and reading Macbeth. At least I'll have words to distract me from how terrible 40s taste.
Any advice then? On how to either figure it out or teach myself not to care that I don't know yet?