It annoys me when people look down on people who are doing an Arts degree in college. Ok, at a glance you might not think there is much to be done with subjects like english, psychology, history, social science etc.. With arts, you do not come out of college qualified in one profession (i.e if you do medicine you come out a doctor, if you do law you can come out a lawyer) Most people who do arts are ‘drifters’, they like to be flexible and do a few different things with their lives. My sister did an english degree, and she’s been all over the world teaching. I did French and have been with different companies in several countries doing translation and small bit of teaching. I’ve met wonderful people, experienced different cultures and yeah, the salary is rather satisfying. And it’s not just teaching you can do. Take a look at this list http://www.kinderart.com/artspeak/artart2.shtml I also know several people who have gone into journalism.
With arts, you have to look for work. Some people do arts and whine that they ‘can’t get a job’ and end up working in subway. These are lazy people who are not willing to look, not willing to travel or simply went into arts for the wrong reason (such as the classic ‘I don’t know what to do with my life….I’ll do an arts degree!’)
Arts isn’t for everyone, but that’s no different to other college courses. I loathe the idea of working in an office at a law firm for the rest of my life or spending 24/7 looking after patients in a hospital. But people do those things because they are passionate about it. I happen to be passionate about the arts, and there IS work there, and plenty of it. Just because you don’t like arts doesn’t mean it’s useless. Let people do what they want, it’s none of your business.