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What career opportunities are available to a graduate with a General Studies BA?

Asked by deepseas72 (1076points) December 21st, 2007
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skfinkel's avatar

What kind of courses did you actually take? Did you have problems and issues that required you to think? did you have a lot of memorizing to do? did you have to write and dig deep and analyze questions? did you have to read original sources? did you have mostly multiple choice-type questions? If you did the hard work that made you sweat, you should be able to write an essay and support it with proof that you could do just about any entry level job.

evander's avatar

If you can write, and think critically and constructively, then you have many options. You just have be able to demonstrate that to an employer. It would be helpful in giving suggestions to know more about what classes you took and your other interests.

Once you have your first job under your belt, your work record will start to matter a lot more to your career than what you studied in college.

HarryVerderche's avatar

Truth is that presently, if you are just coming from out of University, your general knowledge is probably better than it will ever be again, if you were to go back and choose to do a Masters, that depending on your marks of course. Funny thing about education: the more you have, the thinner becomes your general knowledge, as higher education insists that you come from the general to the particular, until you know as much as is possible for you in a particular area of a certain subject. And although it looks good to have a Ph.D,, unless it is in an area which requires special expertise, as was noted above in both other answers, what is most important, is that you have learned how to use the world’s tools, so that if asked ANY question, although it may be out in left field insofar as you’re concerned, within a few days of serious study, you can present a lucid and well developed paper, that will show the BOSS, your years of learning have taught you how to communicate on an academic level with those who are educated in a similar manner, both inside and outside the Office.

Get anything that comes your way, if there is an employer’s market where you live, and then, from a perspective of independence, begin looking for that which you would be very interested in doing career wise, remembering your getting that career might entail more education on your part, but by then, you have bridged the gap between the employed and the unemployed, which is where most all MUST now be, to get what they desire. It’s always easier to find a job while being employed, because every day of labor, brings forth to prospective employers a greater knowledge of whether or not you will be suited as one of their employees.

cwilbur's avatar

It’s not like a degree in anything gets you an easy in these days.

What do you want to do for work? Why did you get a BA in general studies rather than choosing a more specific major? Your career opportunities are always better in a field you are interested in than in a field you’re not interested in.

And when you consider that, don’t worry about what your pretty piece of paper says, but what skills you actually have and can demonstrate to an employer. Or what skills you actually have that you can use in business for yourself. See how you can apply those skills to what you want to do, and it won’t matter what it says on your diploma.

voodoo's avatar

Easy answer: you can do everything.

I often get this question from students who are looking how to tie a major to a career. It’s not often obvious, but most of the time, your undergraduate degree is not the be all end all to a career. I ask students about their interests, their talents, and their extra-curricular stuff. That’s often what will get a student a job…or foray into a career. What are you interested in? Look at your life and see if there’s anything that you have that can contribute towards that career. If you don’t have those skills, what will it take for you to get them?

I agree with Cwilbur it’s not what’s on your diploma. It’s your work experience and your talents and abilities. Trust me on that one. I’m the girl with the Bachelor’s in French. And no I’m not doing anything with it, but I’m doing what I love, and that looks just like all the jobs I did in college. It took me a while to figure it out, but I’m glad I did. Good luck.

scorpionmagnet's avatar

I suggest that you should try to apply for a news reporter if you have the guts to cover for news stories. This is the best way to get new contacts and employer prospects.

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