Research shows arts, humanities and social science graduates are highly employable

Research shows arts, humanities and social science graduates are highly employable and have skills required for the future workplace

A recent British Academy report on graduate employment prospects details how essential arts, humanities and social science (HASS) graduates are in the job market, and how these students are just as likely as students from the sciences to work in well-paid roles, in fast growing sectors integral to the future world of work.

The report, published on Thursday 7th May 2020, presents key findings from a broad range of sources, including research conducted by the London Economics in 2019 titled Understanding the career paths of AHSS graduates in the UK and their contribution to the economy.

According to the research, graduates who study arts, humanities and social science subjects are highly employable, are more likely to change sector and role voluntarily, without wage penalty, and have the skills that employers value now and anticipate needing in the future.

“This research highlights and confirms the importance and value of a workforce drawn from diverse fields of study. Our Humanities graduates are well equipped to go on to work in a range of sectors, and enjoy vibrant portfolio careers” said Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean Professor Jo Gill.

“We are living in a changing world full of environmental, social and economic challenges and research clearly indicates that we need the specialist knowledge and skills of both HASS and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) graduates to address these issues. This report confirms the experience of our own recent graduates and should reassure future students that they can follow their passion, at the same time as pursuing a sustainable career full of options and flexibility, with essential skills recognised by employers.”

The full report Qualified for the Future: quantifying demand for arts, humanities and social science skills is available to download.

Date: 19 May 2020

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