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...As many undergraduates fret about graduation, at least one subculture of students in the expensive college landscape is exuding a decidedly morose state of mind: art students. Like many undergrads seeking specialized humanities degrees, student artists wonder what viable place they can occupy in a tightening economy, which now is luring young people into more stable careers in government, the sciences, health care or consulting...
Richard Freeman, a Harvard professor and National Bureau of Economic Research director, said young artists can take comfort: Young bankers are almost on par with them in choosing risky careers. Freeman, though, is hopeful for humanities majors. "If you think of a place like McKinsey consulting, and you come with an art degree, they may prefer you because they're looking for creative thinkers," he said...
...And some offer positions that seem to exploit young people's desperation to gain a foothold in a creative industry. "The one thing I am dealing with is that paid internships are not paid anymore," Ammadi said. "Employers ask, 'Can we get students to volunteer?'...
In one of her recent photo classes, Nizborski was showing classmates and the professors a project titled "Middle American Recession," a series of images of her sister, her sister's husband and their three kids in Missouri. Nizborski's sister works part time and the brother-in-law had been forced to cut back his weekly hours at a job at a concrete plant. Nizborski said her photo subjects seemed a bit baffled by her path. "They were like, 'What do you go to grad school for?'"
///Art Students' Predicament: Special Skills but Limited Prospects, Ian Shapira/// Washington Post

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