A practical 18-week roadmap to help you find a career with your humanities degree.

If you are at a loss of what careers you can get with your BA, MA, or PhD in the humanities, then you are not alone. Most humanities majors go through a difficult transition after they leave academia.

How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days is an 18-week guide (126 days) where you are shown the exact steps and actions needed to get out of ‘liberal arts career limbo.’

The 126 Day challenge begins right where you are–broke, no idea of what you want to do, working a crappy job, and nothing more than a degree on your resume.

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Week by week, the book offers a step-by-step program, helping you turn the big goal of finding a career into smaller, manageable daily actions.

How the book works: 

I wrote this book because I think humanities majors can land in many different interesting careers. But there really wasn’t a book laying out the practical steps to take. And most of us who do find careers learn by slow trial and error. This book will speed up your transition.

By the end of the 126 days you’ll have discovered 

  • How to market your humanities degree to employers.
  • Daily actions and practical advice.
  • Over 30 great humanities careers and salaries to choose from.
  • How to prioritize your daily and weekly actions so that you stop wasting time.
  • Practical ways to get work experience even if your resume is empty.
  • Concrete actions that will accelerate your career search.

Is this book for you?

This book is designed for BAs, MAs, or PhDs in the humanities. You have a degree and now want to know how to turn your abilities into a non-academic career.

  • You majored in English, History, Psychology, Art History, Philosophy, Linguistics, or Languages.
  • You don’t know how to adapt your humanities skills to the real world.
  • You have just been spit out of academia–and have no idea of what employers want.
  • You are sick of “liberals arts career limbo” and wish you could just start making some money and find a rewarding career.

Why will this eBook help you? 

There’s a lot of career books out there. This is why I think this one can help you:

  • Because it gets to the core of the humanities career dilemma and shows you how to fix it.
  • Because you get a practical set of weekly actions.
  • Because it will teach you all of the typical humanities grad mistakes to avoid.
  • Because it has a progressive list of tasks and an 18-week schedule.

Product Details (what’s Included for $19) 

  • Price $19 (no tax)
  • How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days. This is the eBook and the core of my training.
  • My personal resume template that you can copy and use to apply to jobs.
  • 1-hour video LinkedIn training with step-by-step instructions to increase the discoverability of your profile and help you land interviews (based on my experience as a hiring manager).
  • Bonus book: my short book on how to build more valuable skills that will advance your career. 
  • Lifetime access—your purchase is good for life
  • You can read the eBook on any PDF reader, mobile, or PC
  • You can play the videos in any player

So will this book actually help you get a job?

I know the whole 126-Day thing sounds a little like sales hype. But here’s why I wrote the book with a day-by-day, week-by-week structure.

One day, I found a blog post from a woman in her mid-twenties. She had a BA in English and was working retail. She was overqualified for the job, unhappy, but also unable to decide on a career direction.

In other words, she was exactly where I stood a few years ago. I worked as a landscaper, mowed lawns, pedaled tourists around with a bicycle cab, and wrote articles for $5 each. I knew from my own experience the mistakes she was making.

I also knew that if she just kept on hoping a career opportunity would come or hoping that an employer would take a chance, it wouldn’t work out.

I choose this 18-Week system because I wanted to give you daily and weekly actions, helping you take small steps towards a bigger goal.

To be very honest, I never intended to write a career book. I just knew that other grads had a similar story. I knew they could learn from my mistakes.

I wanted to write a dead practical guide. In my book, I give daily tasks. It was a chore to write but I think much more helpful than theory.

Is the eBook a rehash of your blog content?

No–this is all new. My blog is about the emotional costs of leaving academia. This book is about what to do after you have left, laying out the exact mistakes to avoid, what to start doing, and how you can reinvest your energy into a new career direction.

If you are tired of being in the same rut and want to actually progress from liberal arts career limbo, then this book is for you.

I hate buying books that are simply a rehashing of blog content.  I like to think of my blog as about the emotional costs of leaving academia. My eBook is about the next steps.

If you have read my blog and now want to take a practical step towards a new career, then my book is the next chapter. You will find all new content, new frameworks, and advanced career advice. Blogs are great, but they are fragmentary. Writing this eBook gave me a chance to tell the whole story and write comprehensively about how to solve the challenge of finding a career with a humanities degree.

Reviews

These are all emails sent by readers. I’ve changed their names. I’ve received hundreds of these emails over the years. Please do send me progress on your career journey.

“I’m a frequent reader of your blog since I discovered it as a panicking philosophy junior. I bought your e-book, signed up for your 14-day career course, religiously followed everything you’ve said and ended up at one of the largest ad agencies in the world in their NYC office. I’m now doing social analytics for their 2 biggest accounts, two Fortune 1000 brands. I can honestly say that your blog has been the biggest source of inspiration for me during the past 2 years. Thank you so much for having kept writing.”

Dia, BA Philosophy


“Loved it. Impressive, no-bullshit look at the real world for liberal arts students. I’m lucky I found this early, before graduating with a sloppy BA and no skills or job experience; i.e., fucked. I particularly liked the examples of cover letters for graduates who have no work experience, as well as the pointers on how to self-train during the process of job-hunting. Humanities students should care about how to “employ your intelligence in the service of a practical problem in the world.” —Alan, BA in English

“The reality is that today’s humanities graduates face an extremely tough job market, and they need all the help they can get. Fortunately, if they take this book and put into practice James Mulvey’s solid advice, they have the chance to massively shorten the time taken between finishing their degree and starting a great career. James also provides specific advice for postgrads and PhDs who are looking for a non-academic career . . .  followers of Mulvey’s method will be growing their practical skills week after week, and learning what works through trial and error. At the end of a couple of months, the candidate who has spent their time and energy getting to grips with the practicalities of a specific industry will have the edge over their purist but out-of-touch peers, as the contrasting cover letter examples in the book wryly illustrate . . . This has to be the best-value careers guide humanities graduates can buy.” —Dr. Chris Humphrey, Jobs on Toast.com

“Take this e-book as a rehab programme. It is getting you back on your feet. There where you were supposed to be from the start. But somehow you ended up someplace else. It systematically takes you out of a system that does not work. Following the steps and monthly charts from this e-book, I reorganized my whole schedule. This e-book takes you step by step, guiding you back to zero and helping you re-launch in a different direction. It is thoughtful and respectful and will help you plan, organize, build relationships, self-manage, enhance your potential and eventually get yourself a job. It has humour, truths, emotional and practical benefits. Say YES, YES, YES and get the e-book.” —Editor of the Bosa Bosa Review, PhD in Art History

“Because of your website and book, my outlook has changed on finding a career. I am much more focused, realistic, and mature. I see myself not as an MA in English, but as a real person with something to offer the world who happens to have a couple of degrees in English. Thank you, truly.” —Roisin, MA in Art History

“Thanks! I’m just now applying for jobs and I took your advice and tweaked my resume from saying that I was a specialist in Medievalist poetry, a teacher, and researcher and talked about relevancy. I had two interviews last week, and am getting a much better response now.” —Tanya, PhD in the Social Sciences

“About a year ago I decided to start reading your book and working the steps. Mostly because I had nothing to lose and wanted to reactivate my creative writing mind. I wanted to keep learning new skills too. Over the duration of a year of reading good and bad skill enhancing books, I began to share your advice with my friend, also an English grad. Getting to the good part …My friend began implementing all the advice and she found a job as a full-time social media manager. Yay! After a few months of employment she actually found ME a full-time content editing job! A staff position at local marketing firm earning a lot more than I do now, with benefits. I’m about to begin my new job and I just wanted to tell you that your system works. You have something big to offer English/Humanity majors out there, like me, who are stuck in shitty government jobs; or any job that robs your soul.” —Maya, BA in English

“I write to thank and congratulate you for writing a book which has helped me to secure full time employment in a job I think I’m really going to enjoy. Last week I received the news that I have been offered a position as a full-time online copywriter at a successful local company.  I never even realised that you could get paid to write that kind of stuff before I read your book How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days!” —Matt, PhD

“As you suggest, the interview panel really weren’t all that interested in my PhD — but they were very interested in the skills that I developed whilst I wrote it. I just wanted to say thanks — I might never have managed this if I hadn’t read your book.  Finding your site was like a revelation to me, and I’ll certainly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to the one I was in. The story you tell on selloutyoursoul.com sounds very familiar to me — having stayed in grad school for around six years (one year to do a Masters, and then almost five for a PhD in the Social Sciences).  Although I graduated my PhD last December, I was really struggling to find any meaningful work, and it was looking more and more like I was going to have to take yet another menial job just to make ends meet (except this time with a fancy new title in front of my name)!” —Mo, PhD

“James, your ebook is truly excellent. I am loving it, and finding it very useful. This is the most practical career resource I think I have ever seen.” —Sara, MA in History

“I’d like to thank you for your eBook; it’ll probably prove to be the best investment I’ve ever made, and I’d have been lost without it. I’d probably be on a track to getting another degree, only to return to even more financial uncertainty, and a family becoming even more suspicious as to why my degrees-of-increasing-importance are so hard to cash in for careers. It’s genuinely essential to any liberal arts graduate unsure of their career, and should be as important as Crime and Punishment on every third-year’s reading list. I’ve recommended it to all of my former coursemates (though a lot of them are still in the “denial” phase – but I imagine they’ll come round when they’re waiting tables to fund their expensive postgrad reading lists), and I can only wish you the best of success with everything you do.” Arran, BA in English

“I read How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in one sitting, and those few hours were worth more to me professionally than three years of grad school in the humanities (at a top-tier school, with full funding, etc.). James’s unsentimental, relentlessly practical advice helped me find my way out of the ivory tower and into a career that actually rewards my intellect and efforts. If you don’t thrill to the idea of a glorious future of perpetual adjuncthood (if that), you owe it to yourself to check out this book. Thank you for writing this book.” —Andrew, PhD candidate

“A great Humanities post grad guide that comes from a voice that has been there. It put into words the frustration I was feeling and then filled me with the confidence to move forward.” —Hayden, MA in English

“I bought your career bundle in December, feeling quite lost and wondering how to get a job with my recent bachelor’s in Theology. It was just what I needed to stop hyperventilating about my future. I got an internship as a social media writer a month after I got your book, and out of the blue, I got a full-time job as an admin and writer at a surety bonds company about three weeks ago. Even though I was working 24/7 as a waitress, the pace of your book was totally doable. I can’t believe how fast the changes in my resume made me desirable to hire. I feel so satisfied in my job now. So many of the skills I learned in school are finally being put to use. And god does it feel good to have a health plan and a 401k! Thank you so much! I’m telling all my humanities friends about your book! —Katherine, BA in Theology

“I emailed you around 2 years ago asking for advice on how to transition from academia to a non-profit career. After following your advice on the blog and using the career bundle, I began interning at a non-profit and in two years have now worked my way up to the position of Director of Education. I successfully defended my doctoral thesis last Thursday, so now I also have Ph.D. after my name. Although I won’t be going into academia, having the Ph.D. is a huge accomplishment and I’m so grateful to have had your blog to guide me through the process out of academia into a job that I love – and pays really well! It’s nearly impossible to find advice on how to transition out of academia when you have a Ph.D. in English, so your materials were a huge lifesaver. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to offer the kind of no-bullshit advice we Humanities academics need for jobs in the real world.” —Nicole, PhD 

  1. The academy will always be important as learning never goes away.
    And making learning more present tense and possibility-centered, with professors who are fluent and application practical in knowledge development, where productive students are as valued, will be nice changes to encounter.

  2. I am really enjoying the website. I’m 48 and at the end of my rope, impoverished and desperately looking for the exit from the liberal arts dream-become-nightmare that has characterized my life for the past 25 years.
    I graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English in 1990 and have been consigned to retail and clerical hell ever since. I am convinced that I have to be the lowest wage earner of my entire class (unless somebody made a vow of poverty or something)!
    Things are so bad, I have been reduced to mowing lawns in south central Kentucky, for God’s sakes! I feel like my degree in English has made me a byword and a reproach. I really wanted things to turn out differently, people!

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