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What can you do with a Human Sciences degree?


Stock-Market-Education-graduateAllison, who has a daughter at Texas Tech University, asked:

My daughter  is a Human Sciences major at Texas Tech University. She will graduate in May with minors in Nutrition, Exercise Sciences and Hotel Restaurant Management. What kind of job opportunities fit this kind of major? What types of employers might be interested in her? She is unsure about what she wants to do at this point and I am trying to give her some direction. 

Hi Allison –

Your daughter has a lot of options, but not one specific clear path; so, she will have to do a lot of exploration to determine her direction.

My hope is that she is not just beginning this journey of exploration one month prior to graduation.  If so, she has put an unnecessary amount of  pressure on herself by waiting so long to start her search.

Regardless, I do have some questions you can ask her to help move her in the right direction.

Are you using the services of your campus career center?

The Texas Tech University Career Center is very good.  They have career counselors and employer relations and on-campus recruiting professionals  who are there to help students explore and pursue their career options.  They host career fairs, post jobs and internships, host on-campus interviewing by employers, coach students on resume writing and interview preparation, etc. . . . I could go on, but you get the picture.

In my opinion, not enough student take advantage of their campus career centers.  Has your daughter sought their assistance?  Ask her and find out.

What have you learned about your career options, interests and skills through your internships, volunteer service and part-time jobs?

My question assumes she did at least one internship, held at least one part-time job and got involved in some volunteer service during her college career.  All of these experiential learning opportunities give students the chance to test-drive aspects of the world of work.  We test drive cars and try on clothes before we buy them to see if they “fit”.  We should do the same with potential career paths to see if they fit.

Where do you want to live and what do you hope to make?

These are two really important factors!  Where you want to live and what you hope to make both directly impact the kinds of opportunities that are viable.

Just about every community needs a good number of accountants, teachers, lawyers, dentists, and business people.  The same cannot be said about film makers, entertainers, university professors and scientists.  Sometimes you have to be willing to go to where the opportunities are located.  Not everyone get to do what they want where they want to do it.  The economics of supply and demand will nearly always prevail.

Likewise, what lifestyle does she aspire to/wish to maintain?  I have often told students: You’re not going to live in a big house, drive an expensive car and vacation in exotic locations on a social worker’s salary unless you marry well, have a trust fund, or win the lottery.”  Different jobs and careers pay different amounts.  If the jobs you want don’t pay well enough to support your desired lifestyle, something has to give.  Either you have to adjust your lifestyle, or adjust your job search to look for jobs that offer more compensation.

To what extent do you want to work in a field related to your degree?

This is another important question.  Generally, you can expect that most Engineering majors will go into engineering, most Accounting majors will become accountants, and most Computer Science majors will go into some area of software or hardware development.  You cannot make that same assumption about Human Sciences majors, Sociology majors, English majors or most other majors that do not track into specific professions.  Your daughter’s degree is in Human Sciences with minors in Nutrition, Exercise Science and Hotel Restaurant Management.  Does she wish to focus on any of these in her career?  If so, she might want to review some of the following sites and resources:

Hospitality Industry Resources

Four Seasons Hotel Careers Where Hospitality Works
Hilton Hotels Career Opportunities
Hyatt Career Opportunities
Intercontinental Hotels Group Careers Page
Marriot Career Opportunities
Omni Hotels Employment Opportunities
Starwood Hotels Careers
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Human Resources Industry Resources

HR Jobs on SHRM Website

Sports, Recreation & Fitness

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
National Association of Sports Commissions
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Professional Ski Instructors of America
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

Hope this helps!



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