Generalist Degree Graduates
The term ‘generalist degree’ covers a range of discipline streams, including Arts, Science, Liberal Studies, Humanities and Social Science. When considering vocational pathways, holders of generalist degrees can sometimes feel less certain about career options compared to peers with a specialist degree. The good news is that the career options for generalists are many and varied!
In addition to the knowledge gained in their discipline or field, generalist graduates enter the labour market with other skills important to many employers and essential for countless roles. These skills are often referred to as ‘transferable workplace skills’ and include:
- oral and written communication skills
- ability to critically analyse and synthesise information
- problem-solving skills
- practice operating in teams
- ability to work independently and take responsibility for own learning.
These skills can be applied across diverse industry sectors and enable generalist graduates to present as versatile, adaptable and flexible employees.
Finding the right career direction is a challenge facing many generalist graduates. Accessing information on possible career options, reflecting on your values and interests and undertaking a self-assessment to identify your skills are all important steps in exploring potential careers. Career advisors can offer guidance and help you develop career management skills to steer your own career (and not have others steer it for you).