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HOW WILL MY ARTS DEGREE

PREPARE ME FOR EMPLOYMENT?

Employment trends have changed dramatically over the years. Globalisation and advances in technology

are creating jobs and opportunities that previously didn’t exist. An Arts degree can prepare you for this

increasingly changing job market by providing you with sought-after transferable skills and advanced

knowledge that you can use in a wide range of careers ‒ including those we cannot yet imagine.

Develop the skills that

employers need

Through your Arts study, you can prepare

yourself for the evolving landscape of work and

develop the skills that employers value.

• Written communication skills

Employers want staff who can write correctly

and professionally. Advanced written

communication skills are a considerable

asset for future jobs, from emailing clients to

writing proposals or business cases. Studying

Arts subjects is perfect for honing your

writing skills, giving you practice in preparing

materials such as essays that make logically

structured, compelling arguments to reports

that present a clear and concise analysis of

facts.

• Research and analysis

You will develop the ability to research

information and source material, to sift

through and draw conclusions from large

quantities of complex information.

• Critical and analytical thinking

Employers need people who can think for

themselves, and Arts study teaches you to

think. Rather than just absorb facts, you will

be encouraged to question and challenge,

to think critically about the information and

knowledge you are exposed to, and to analyse

it clearly and objectively.

• Adaptability and flexibility

Arts subjects challenge you to move you

beyond the familiar and the comfortable,

as you explore different points of view and

other ways of experiencing the world. You

will develop the ability to be open to different

ways of thinking and to adapt to different

situations. Adaptability and flexibility are

essential in today’s fast changing workplace

and will enable you to anticipate trends,

pursue new opportunities and thrive in

different settings.

• Creative thinking and problem solving

In today’s demanding workplace

environment, all employers want staff who

can show initiative, solve their own problems

Graduate employment

data

The latest research released by Universities

New Zealand – Te Pokai has found that:**

• Arts graduates earn around $1m to $1.3m

more over their working lives than non-

graduates.

• Arts graduates earn above the national

median for salary and wage earners.

• 90% of Arts graduates are in degree-

relevant roles such as teachers,

managers and policy and planning roles.

**Earnings data is taken from the 2013 Census.

Employment rate data comes from the Ministry of

Education’s 2014 “What young graduates earn when

they leave study”.

and come up with creative solutions. Arts

subjects encourage you to think for yourself

and use your creativity.

• Global and cultural awareness

Global citizenship and cultural awareness

are increasingly important for career

opportunities and success. Arts subjects

expose you to different cultural viewpoints,

languages and experiences, and foster an

international view of the world that also

respects local cultures.

Open doors with our world

class reputation

The University of Auckland’s reputation as

New Zealand’s leading and internationally-

ranked university means that you can graduate

knowing that your degree is held in high

regard by future employers.* The Faculty of

Arts is New Zealand’s top arts faculty with six

subjects ranked among the top 50 in the world

(Archaeology is ranked 20th, Development

Studies 23rd, English Language and Literatures

31th, Anthropology 44th, Linguistics 49th

and Social Policy and Administration 49th),

according to the QS World University Rankings

by Subject 2016.

*2015 Global Employability University Rankings, Times

Higher Education.

Gain practical work

experience while studying

In preparation for employment and to help

you establish professional networks, we offer

an internship course that you may be able to

take in your final year of a Bachelor of Arts. Not

only can you gain credits from this course, but

you can also develop your skills and gain work

experience for future employment. For more

information visit

www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/ internship