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Started by uranrising on Jan 13, 2021 6:31:16 PM
Art History masters degree - job?

The daughter of a friend is planning to apply for the afore-mentioned degree course. she is struggling in the current situation.

I am looking for any thoughts anyone has about what someone with such a degree could possibly get to do eventually, by one mysterious route or another.

FGBFGB - 13 Jan 2021 19:20:23 (#13 of 32)

I apologise, Gin. I am a bit thick tonight, and have drink taken.

Jacob_Richter - 13 Jan 2021 19:26:53 (#14 of 32)

If you don't mind, uran, the question is the wrong one. The answer runs into thousands of options and isn't helpful.

The answer is a different question - what would she like to do?

WibbleAgain - 13 Jan 2021 19:29:38 (#15 of 32)

Someone contemplating doing a Masters in History of Art doesn't need advice from internet wrongmos. She'll have her reasons and aspirations, and likely better informed than us. More uptodate anyhow.

Jacob_Richter - 13 Jan 2021 19:31:32 (#16 of 32)

Is she currently at uni? Does that uni have a decent careers dept? A few years ago many unis did but a lot of these got hollowed out and converted into student debt advice centres. Because that's really what she needs - some professional careers guidance and counselling before she commits to laying out the money for a course.

browserbutton - 13 Jan 2021 19:35:36 (#17 of 32)

A Masters degree can be rewarding in itself and even stimulate interest towards further research for a PhD -- then who knows, becoming a professor and having wild historical adventures like Indiana Jones.

Ginmonkey - 13 Jan 2021 19:41:17 (#18 of 32)

In a less jokey note, unless she is planning to go in to academia, an arts or humanties Masters does not really translate in to increased employability.

CarlosFandango - 13 Jan 2021 19:43:53 (#19 of 32)

I think that's shifting a bit these days - although the UK may be a touch* behind.

In many places nobody goes to University and expects to come out with anything less than a Masters.


Anchorman - 13 Jan 2021 19:45:56 (#20 of 32)

A masters degree (or an honours degree) would qualify her to apply for a job on the NHS management training scheme. Competition is very tough but once successfully on the scheme most are promoted extremely rapidly and earnings in senior general NHS management positions can be high.

kvelertak - 13 Jan 2021 19:47:26 (#21 of 32)

I took HoA at A-level because my A-level major was History, and I found it really helpful contextually to round-out my understanding of the periods I was focussed on. After also reading History at Uni, I parlayed that and some months backpacking in SEA (partly supported by informal TEFL) into a data-entry (artefact records) internship in the oriental dept of a museum/artgallery, from where I got another position in data entry & CD-ROM authoring for a company developing a pictorial history of Buddhism. From there stemmed a career's-worth of positions in support of various forms of digital publishing. It's a living.

bossab2 - 13 Jan 2021 19:50:58 (#22 of 32)

If its a one year course she'll emerge into a generally fucked 2022 jobmarket.

If she wants a job in 2022 I'd work backwards from the kind of jobs that will be hiring in 2022.

kvelertak - 13 Jan 2021 20:05:24 (#23 of 32)

She can investigate who's producing digitally-published products in the HoA & related fields and be ready to WFH. If she part-time interns while on her year-of-study to gain relevant work experience in that job market, she's a canny operator.

kvelertak - 13 Jan 2021 20:06:22 (#24 of 32)

She should also be compiling a fully comprehensive list of graduate trainee schemes.

bossab2 - 13 Jan 2021 20:10:02 (#25 of 32)

And get a driving licence...

Amazon Prime

TheExcession - 13 Jan 2021 20:29:39 (#26 of 32)

"If she wants a job in 2022 I'd work backwards from the kind of jobs that will be hiring in 2022."

Gravedigger, border guard or camp commandant it is then.

WibbleAgain - 13 Jan 2021 20:30:50 (#27 of 32)

I hear there's a shortage of customs officers. And vets, who are required to examine every box of seafood for export to the EU.

AlanII - 13 Jan 2021 20:35:22 (#28 of 32)

She needs not to worry about what comes after and concentrate on the degree and life.

WibbleAgain - 13 Jan 2021 20:36:47 (#29 of 32)

It's a Uran thread. Don't take it seriously. No one contemplating doing a Masters in History of Art would have asked such silly questions.

Sunfish - 13 Jan 2021 20:38:30 (#30 of 32)

No, but their parents might. What Alan said, anyway.

bossab2 - 13 Jan 2021 20:51:17 (#31 of 32)

Gravedigger, border guard or camp commandant it is then.

Or delivering for Amazon

uranrising - 13 Jan 2021 21:01:02 (#32 of 32)

Just to say a hearty thanks to all. I have passed on your thoughts, and, as Sunfish suggests, to her very loving and worried mother, who very much appreciated and was take by the rich possibilities thrown up.

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