Saturday, November 28, 2009

False expectations surrounding Bachelor of Arts highlights need for more internship programmes

It has been reported that Arts students have faux expectations of their qualification after they graduate. In a study for the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) lists the career testimonials for arts graduates as authers, editors and news producers as well as diplomats and actors. The report found that in reality, arts graduate often are found in adminstrative roles as well as in teaching and liberian positions.

Professor Nick Harvey, executive dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Adelaide University is developing stratagies to remove the myths surrounding the job prospects of an Arts graduate as well as building on previous parliamentary, environmental and media internships at the University of Adelaide to include an arts internship.

This article states the importance of his work with almost a quarter of Arts grads who are not in full time work 4 months after graduation as compared to 15% of graduates of other disaplines. However Professor Nick Harvey did stress that Arts graduates long term outlook was as successful as many other graduates in other disaplines.

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