Using the Transferable Skills You Gained Through Art & Art History

If you are studying art or art history as an undergraduate student, you have many options available to you after graduation that will utilize the transferable skills you’ve acquired as an arts student. There are so many directions you can go! However, if you are passionate about the field of art, then you may want to start your career exploration by first learning about career fields that require the knowledge and skills gained through studying art. 

One resource you can use to explore these options is Focus 2. In addition to the career assessments, Focus 2 also includes a robust list of career options related to majors at Binghamton, including detailed information about each related career option. You can also use the resource O*NET to search based on “Knowledge Area” and select Art and/or Art History to be connected to a list of career options that require art knowledge.  

Another great resource is Candid Career. Through Candid Career, you can watch clips of interviews with professionals from a ton of different fields talking about their career paths, challenges in the field, and what their jobs are actually like day to day. To get started with this resource, check out this interview with a Program and Volunteer Manager. 

A Career as a Program and Volunteer Manager, Foundation for Foster Children

This Program and Volunteer Manager, Maria, works for the Foundation for Foster Children. The Foundation for Foster Children strives to provide funding for tutoring, arts classes, athletics, and other activities for disadvantaged foster children. This professional has a Bachelor in Art and a Bachelor in Art History from Rollins College. Listen here as she provides a general description of this position. 


Next, Maria will share what she loves about her job and what challenges her in this role. 


Finally, learn more about how to prepare for a job as a Program and Volunteer Manager. 


You can check out Candid Career and all of the resources mentioned above to learn about other career options for those with a passion for the arts. 

By Leann Krahn
Leann Krahn