Hiring the Humanities is a new website that aims to assist those currently working in the humanities find employment outside academia. It was started by James Gibson, a former philosophy PhD student, who now works as a programmer. The site has just launched, and is looking for content from people who have transitioned from academia to a non-academic careers. It aims to:
- Advocate that non-academic successful career paths for individuals with humanities degrees are viable and beneficial to those individuals and their employers;
- Help individuals, employers, and universities become aware of unconventional career paths for individuals with humanities degrees;
- Provide hope to talented individuals seeking work but who are not sure how their humanities degrees will be of use to them.
Here are some sample questions that someone might write about and submit to us as a potential blog post: How does one go from discipline x into field y? What hurdles are there? To what extent did their academic field help them in getting into this other career? Where would be the best place to start in order to get into field x? How did they cope with depression and anxiety after leaving academia and what useful advice would they give to those who are thinking about leaving? How might academics think about using their departments for job placement outside of the academy given the skills they teach? What might a resume look like coming from academic field X to get into job-type Y?