from Fast Company
To hear policymakers and higher-education wonks tell it, there’s now a chasm separating what high-tech industries need in order to stay competitive and the skills current students can offer once they’re old enough to work for them. It’s called the STEM gap, shorthand for all the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical knowledge that not enough of the next generation of American workers are picking up. And not only is it widening, it’s opening fissures in non-STEM fields as well, as technology transforms industries that didn’t used to need data scientists or programmers but now do.
In the face of that shortfall, it’s become even more common than usual to wonderwhether the liberal arts degree is finally on the verge of extinction. For current undergrads, of course, there are practical considerations. How can you study what you love—say, classical Persian poetry—and still get a job when you graduate, not to mention a career for the long-term?