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
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
• 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
• Creative thinking and problem solving
In today’s demanding workplace
environment, all employers want staff who
can show initiative, solve their own problems
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-
• 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
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
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 visitwww.arts.auckland.ac.nz/ internship