Global Humanities Careers Roundtable

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September 1, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Location: 165 Thompson Library

The area studies centers of the Office of International Affairs and Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Mobile Coffee Series will host a forum for students on September 1, 2016 about the strengths of humanities degrees for preparing for success in the job market.  We will focus on global–national and international–competency, and how to pursue international and related comparative and language-based work.  Please visit the forum’s web site for readings on how the humanities support career prospects and busting/countering myths of the ideas which motivate some students to look toward other fields in order to ensure job security. The forum will be led by Harvey J. Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies & Professor of English and History, Director, LiteracyStudies@OSU.

Representatives from International Affairs and Career services will provide specific guidance and resources for how to pursue culturally diverse careers, both domestic and international, in a variety of fields (not just the humanities fields). The purpose of the forum is for students to gain insights on how to leverage their strengths in the humanities, and to identify individual “next steps” for career development.  Current OSU students and recent graduates will share their stories. Students will choose between small group discussions on:

  • Becoming an employee who asks the right questions on the job; being a problem-solver in complex global work environments.
  • Maximizing humanities degrees for the job market; finding the right combination of abilities and skills from your degree and international experience.
  • OK, I’ve gone abroad, now what do I do? What abilities from international experiential learning translate to the resume?
  • I don’t speak a foreign language – is it too late for me to think about international work?
  • How can global competency reinforce one’s ability to deal effectively with diverse perspectives in the workplace?

The forum will wrap up with a discussion on “Putting all the pieces together: Knowledge, abilities, and skills for a competitive job market”, in which participants will choose the conversation topics they are most interested in joining. A networking reception with coffee, tea and light snacks will follow.  This event is sponsored by the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Mobile Coffee Series and the Office of International Affairs.  Arts and Sciences Career Services, will be on hand to answer questions. Organizers encourage you to explore this web site for related jobs, articles on the job market and and other resources to help you prepare and get the most out of the forum.


Primary contact: Megan Hasting,

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