Majoring in Art, a tenacious degree…
Today’s contingent economy has people moving constantly from one job to another, one type of work to another, one industry to a different industry. In fact, on average, a person between the ages of 25 and 45 will hold 11 different jobs in their lifetime. Thirty percent of us will work in more than 15 different jobs over the course of our careers.
Organizations far and wide–perhaps even yours–will compete intensely for workers who are adaptable, resourceful, and can quickly learn and apply new skills to a variety of challenges. Where can you find such workers? One answer runs counter to much conventional wisdom: Ask an artist.
Artists know the world of adaptability and resourcefulness very well
…regardless of whether they work in the arts or in other businesses, more then three-quarters of arts graduates say that critical thinking, creativity, and the ability to work with others are skills they both learned in school and use on a regular basis in their current work. Arts graduates are plucky and understand how to use their creative skills in a variety of settings.
IBM found, in a global study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries, that the most important skill for successfully navigating our increasingly complex, volatile, and uncertain world is none other than creativity.
Is art school the next B-school? Hardly, though artists often possess the skills and temperament that business leaders regularly say are in short supply: creativity, resiliency, flexibility, high tolerance for risk and ambiguity, as well as the courage to fail.
A degree in the arts is a tenacious one. For more information about what folks do with an art degree, please visit the “Employment” chapter of the field guide. Like most careers today, a linear, direct specific career track is not often the outcome of undergraduate (and often graduate) education. There are many options here in the field guide. In the last chapter of the website there are interviews with different artist as to what they did when they finished school. Year after year I see student so nervous upon graduation, and very often within a year they have started to really find their place. The most successful have simply gotten busy on something…