An Oxford University research has shown that humanities degrees at university equip undergraduates with vital skills which benefit them throughout their careers.
The research further establishes that humanities course prepare them for changes and uncertainties in labour market.
The research was commissioned by Oxford University’s Humanities Division and its lead author was Dr. James Robson of the Oxford University’s Centre for Skill, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE).
Head of Humanities at Oxford University, Professor Dan Grimley, said “This report confirms what I and so many humanities graduates already recognise that the skills and experiences conferred by studying a humanities subject can transform their working life, their lives as a whole, and the world around them.”
Called ‘The Value at the Humanities,’ the research adopted innovative methodology to understand how humanities graduates have fared over their whole career.
According to Oxford, the report followed the career destinations of over 9000 Oxford humanities graduates aged between 21 and 54 who entered the job market between 2000 and 2019, cross- referenced with UK cover government data on graduate outcomes and salaries.
The research says interviews were also carried out after the onset of COVID-19 and the impact it has had on the economy and labour market to test how report’s findings held up in a post-pandemic world.
The research findings further show the resilience of humanities graduates make them particularly well-suited to navigate the changing environment.
As well, key findings of the report are that humanities develop resilience…skills to adapt to challenging labour markets; paths are opened to success in a wide ranging of employment sector; graduate are helped to make wider contributions to the society, among others.
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