Eilis Wasserman



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Connecting one’s degree in the humanities to a career path can be an ambiguous challenge in a society focused on job preparation. Career services offices in higher education institutions are at the forefront of helping students advance in their career development, yet little research has explored student insights and perspectives about these resources. This study explores humanities majors’ perceptions, insights, and knowledge of career services at a private institution in the Midwest. A mixed methods approach provided evidence of over 125 students’ knowledge and utilization of career services while supported by in-depth insights of students' experiences. Humanities majors revealed their satisfaction with their degree of study, while simultaneously exposing their lack of awareness and understanding of career services resources, guidance and overall career readiness knowledge. Findings implied that the mission and brand of career services must be marketed in meaningful and intentional ways to connect to and guide humanities majors as they navigate their college experience.

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Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Nasser Razek

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences


Arts and Humanities | Business | Education | Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Closing the Gap: Examining Humanities Majors' Perceptions of Career Services