Graduating Soon? 4 Valuable Skills Humanities Students Bring to Their Resumes

Are you afraid that being a humanities student puts you at a disadvantage from your peers? Not going to lie; as a penultimate English literature student, I still get waves of imposter syndrome and fear about the crippling job market in Singapore.

If you have not noticed, entry-level positions now require prerequisite skills beyond our classrooms. However, not many students know how to play this to their advantage. Curious to find out? Stay with me to discover which skills make you stand out.

 1) Adobe Creative Suite

You may see an increase in organisations recognising candidates’ ability to use Adobe Suite tools, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.

As a humanities student, I know design may not be our strongest suit. However, when versatility and adaptability are critical, employers look for individuals who can showcase fantastic storytelling skills across short-form content like carousel posts, design posters or even social media reels.

To access Adobe Tools, you must subscribe to their services, which are quite expensive for a student. If you are an existing Adobe member, check out free resources on YouTube, Lemon 8 and TikTok that are beginner-friendly. If you do not have the financial capacity to pay for it, do not fret. Canva is an excellent creative platform with free resources to hone your creative skills. Its easy-to-navigate interface allows you to learn how to create different forms of content quickly.

With critical thinking skills and a flair for creativity, humanities students can channel that into creating infographics focused on storytelling to showcase their ability to effectively target an audience with a specific message.

2) Capcut

Learning to use CapCut, a popular video editing tool, can significantly enhance a humanities student’s hiring prospects in several ways.

CapCut is a beginner-friendly editor that allows students to learn valuable technical skills that are increasingly sought after in today’s digital age. Through video editing, students can create compelling multimedia content to showcase their creativity outside of writing. Moreover, proficiency in CapCut helps students demonstrate their adaptability and willingness to learn new technologies, qualities highly valued by employers across various industries.

As the demand for digital content continues to rise, individuals with video editing skills see growing demand, even in fields traditionally associated with the humanities.

For humanities students, CapCut is more than just a video editing tool; it’s a canvas for our creativity and storytelling. With our passion for narratives and understanding of human behaviour, we can weave together videos that resonate. CapCut becomes our medium for expression, where we blend analytical thinking with our love for communication to produce content that speaks volumes. Whether you pursue careers in marketing, communications, media, or education, the ability to create and edit engaging video content can give humanities students a competitive edge in the job market, opening up diverse opportunities for professional growth and success.

3) Freelance Editorial Work

Many students don’t realise the marketability of an editorial blog showcasing their writing. Firstly, understand what content you are interested in—food, lifestyle, technology, etc. Knowing your niche sets you apart from others and allows you to hone and create content that contributes to building your image.

With tools like ChatGPT, it is so tempting to allow it to generate long-form content for you. However, well-seasoned employers who have been in the industry for a long time can recognise original work from an artificially generated one. If all this sounds too intimidating, start by creating a blog first. Websites like WordPress are fantastic tools students use to showcase their writing pieces. Once you have set it up with a short, detailed profile of yourself, and your interests or values, it is time to start writing. With years of essay writing experience, start easy with a 300–400-word article introducing yourself and what you hope to share in your writing, and see how your momentum picks up from there!

4) Self-Produced Projects

Embarking on self-directed projects has been a total game-changer for me as a humanities student, and I’m excited to share how it can boost your hiring chances, too! Taking the initiative to create my projects has allowed me to showcase my creativity and passion. Self-produced projects can be TikTok reels, Instagram posts educating users on something, or even life hacks as a student. Creating a portfolio of your work makes you stand out in a competitive job market, and I highly recommend taking on some self-directed projects.

In conclusion, integrating these skills into your resume as a humanities student is a great way to showcase your personality besides your grades. These skills set you apart from other candidates, enhancing your attractiveness to potential employers. So, starting a blog, improving your editing skills, or starting a self-directed project can significantly improve your resume and increase your chances of success in the job market. All the best!

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