How To Get A Job Of The Future With A Liberal Arts Degree

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?

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  1. I can agree with Rich’s article. Going for the education someone wants or desires should be their number one priority. For example, for business students, they must take various communication courses that can be found to improve their speech skills, but they can take courses that are outside their comfort zone and learn something new and different from normal and/or everyday math or science classes. Some students can also choose different classes like acting courses, public speaking courses, and more. These opportunities give students the ability to choose what they want to learn about that could benefit them in the future. They can go to a conference, meet with a customer, or even go on an interview and share knowledge of courses they took that are different from the normal required courses. For example, my cousin is going to school for a Culinary Arts degree and she had to take a general course for credit. She picked a music history class that focused on rock and roll and she told me she learned a lot from that particular course and how interesting it was and the appreciation she has for that type of music. She got to pull apart a song and share its meanings, research and present projects on famous musicians, and more. She would recommend this course to anyone and this will affect what job she takes in the future. With this knowledge, she can talk with customers and job recruiters to see how courses like these can not only expand someone’s knowledge, but also make them diverse from one another. As most jobs are changing with many being online, people need to learn how to be creative to solve problems and invent items instead of the normal everyday jobs. This would affect what type of job someone would get in the future. In order for students to stand out in an interview, they need these unique and diverse courses in order to get the specific job and share stories of interest in difference from ones who don’t expand their knowledge.

  2. Hi, Thank you for sharing this. Getting a good job in the future, completely depends on your course which you are pursuing. As I am also into the field of science. Students can make their career in the science field. The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is a residential science enrichment programme for students at Imperial College London. The annual two-week programme attracts 500 students from 70 countries aged, 16-21 years old and includes lectures from leading scientists visits to world-class laboratories, and universities combined with cultural interaction. We offer science and stem programs in UK. Those students who are looking for science camps and stem programme in uk, can visit our website.

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