8 episodes

This podcast explores everyday folks’ decisions to study the humanities as undergraduates and their pathways to fulfilling careers. It is designed for students drawn to study the humanities in college who might be concerned about what that might mean for their career. It's also for those who advise such students, whether as parents or professionals. The stories in this podcast debunk widespread misperceptions about humanities majors’ career prospects by highlighting some of the limitless possibilities for applying humanities knowledge and skills in today’s workforce.

Season 1 features a diverse group of young professionals with humanities backgrounds working in a variety of industries. Focusing on one individual per episode, the podcast invites listeners to learn what motivated them to study the humanities and how they built a successful and fulfilling career using the knowledge and skills they gained through those studies. In this way, the podcast traces pathways from undergraduate humanities majors (including English, history, American studies, Spanish, anthropology, and political science) to careers in law, public health, finance, technology, museums, public relations, and high-end food production. Each episode is also framed around a broader theme that applies to humanities career pathways across career fields and disciplines. Listen to learn why students can pursue their interests in the humanities with confidence.

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    • Business
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This podcast explores everyday folks’ decisions to study the humanities as undergraduates and their pathways to fulfilling careers. It is designed for students drawn to study the humanities in college who might be concerned about what that might mean for their career. It's also for those who advise such students, whether as parents or professionals. The stories in this podcast debunk widespread misperceptions about humanities majors’ career prospects by highlighting some of the limitless possibilities for applying humanities knowledge and skills in today’s workforce.

Season 1 features a diverse group of young professionals with humanities backgrounds working in a variety of industries. Focusing on one individual per episode, the podcast invites listeners to learn what motivated them to study the humanities and how they built a successful and fulfilling career using the knowledge and skills they gained through those studies. In this way, the podcast traces pathways from undergraduate humanities majors (including English, history, American studies, Spanish, anthropology, and political science) to careers in law, public health, finance, technology, museums, public relations, and high-end food production. Each episode is also framed around a broader theme that applies to humanities career pathways across career fields and disciplines. Listen to learn why students can pursue their interests in the humanities with confidence.

    Take On Complex Problems

    Take On Complex Problems

    Like many students, Betselot Wondimu found himself unexpectedly pulled toward a humanities major (in this case, anthropology) when he found it to be the best platform for pursuing his burning questions and advocating for the change he wanted to see in the world. Hear Betselot reflect on why leaving the pre-med path to study anthropology has proven to be the right choice for him.

    • 21 min
    Turn a Passion Into a Career

    Turn a Passion Into a Career

    Meet Kate Barney, who turns the stereotype of the humanities major working in the service industry on its head. Kate’s American Studies major enabled her to nurture her passion for fine food while developing highly valued transferable skills that propelled her forward to increasingly exciting opportunities in the food industry. Her story represents a broader path to success for humanities majors in whatever industry interests them.

    • 25 min
    Forge Your Own Path

    Forge Your Own Path

    While students may feel pressured to determine a precise plan for their college education and career from the outset, the reality is that their understanding of both their academic and professional opportunities is very limited. For the vast majority of folks, finding the right fit requires exploration. Catherine Woodling reflects on how allowing her interests to evolve as she pursued a political science major and Spanish minor ultimately led her to a more optimal professional path than the one she had planned.

    • 25 min
    Prepare for a Successful Legal Career

    Prepare for a Successful Legal Career

    Andrew Bagley shares how studying the humanities (in this case, history) can help you make partner by 35…and actually enjoy it! Andrew’s story shows, more broadly, how the self-directed nature of humanistic study enables you to design a curriculum that provides a direct on-ramp for your chosen profession. You can point a humanities education in whatever direction you want to go!

    • 20 min
    Leverage Humanities Skills in the Tech World

    Leverage Humanities Skills in the Tech World

    Think you need to pursue a STEM major to succeed in the tech world? Think again! In this episode, we meet Annie Hallman, one of countless humanities majors who have built a successful tech career by combining skills gained through the humanities with technical capacities acquired on the job. Annie reflects on her journey and how her English major equipped her to become a leader in her field.

    Climb the Non-Corporate Ladder

    Climb the Non-Corporate Ladder

    Brendalee Brown reflects on how she found her stride through her slow-emerging love of history, which she then leveraged to advance a career in museums. Like countless other humanities majors who have pursued careers in education, libraries, and cultural organizations, Brendalee finds fulfillment facilitating the kinds of invigorating intellectual experiences that helped her come into her own for folks in her community.

    • 20 min

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