So, yesterday I was anxiously waiting for a call. A call for a job. I've been looking for full time work since we moved & had the opportunity to interview for a fun, fast paced company last week. Through the interview, the interviewer stated he was looking for a creative person to bring onto their team. This got me thinking: Why should you hire someone who is creative? Why hire someone with an art degree in to a job that has nothing to do with art? Well, this made me examine my qualifications & how my degree had affected my place in, well, the workplace. Here are 4 reasons why you should hire someone with an art degree:
We are creative thinkers by nature - We don't see things as they are & can often approach a problem in a different way than others. Some may say a fresh approach. And as individual artists we see things a lot differently. Some see things in parts, some see parts as a whole, others see how a whole can affect something else. We never see things as they are.
We learned a lot in school - We took history classes related to all sorts of history. And we were required to take it seriously. I believe the broad range of classes involved in studying art help us see how parts affect the whole, how the past affects the future, & how things are similar or relate to each other. This training in the evolution of art helps us to see how we can grow, what needs to be done to reach a goal, & helps us reflect on the past. Overall, this training makes us great thinkers & reflectors: we know how we did what we did & why.
We can plan - Whether you're taking on a painting, illustration, sculpture, or logo you have to plan spatially & plan out ideas. We're wonderful composers of ideas. Again, we can bring parts together into a whole.
We're familiar with criticism & how it effects us and the end product - In art school, criticisms from teachers & fellow students are normal. Because we identify strongly with our work we can take it to heart but we can also turn it around & execute something better. We bring a drive to grow & to succeed to the workforce. We also know how to give criticism. We use words like less successful rather than this is bad because we know the value others have put into their work. We use words that encourage rather than belittle. That might make us good management material *wink*
I consider studying art to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I believe I am well equipped to learn any new task, to approach things with a creative solution, to work well on a team, & to see all sides. I wouldn't trade what I'd studied for anything. I think I'm very lucky to have been able to make that decision.