Careers

Limitless possibilities for interesting jobs

            careersRecent media stories have reported on the high demand for applicants with the skills of liberal arts graduates. The creative thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that liberal arts graduates excel in are being sought by employers and by professional graduate programs. And in the long term, liberal arts majors do very well in career earnings and in a changing job environment. The idea that other kinds of majors lead to better job prospects is simply wrong.

            The most recent survey of first destinations of Illinois graduates bears this out—majors in foreign languages and literatures have successfully found jobs with good compensation (see the results for “Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics” graduates in this report on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; results from the prior year are here).

Slavic Studies majors have gone on to an endless variety of jobs and careers, not limited at all by their liberal arts training. Some of the more common paths are the following, but any field you can imagine is potentially open:

  • Publishing, writing, editing, and media
  • Government service, international NGOs
  • International or domestic law
  • Work with international cultural foundations or organizations
  • Teaching, grad school in literature, linguistics, area studies
  • International business