U.S. News says that liberal arts majors often drop through the cracks in employer job searches, not because companies don’t value you but because their search engines don’t always see you. Find ways to make yourself more visible and desirable here:
The World Speaks English… But Is English Enough?
Six experts on the global economy debate this question. See what they have to say here:
NYT on Jobs and Global Economy
Thomas Friedman makes an excellent case for why the study of the liberal arts, language and culture should play a role in American education. Americans can no longer sit on their laurels; the global economy requires that students stay abreast of world events and trends and to anticipate opportunity.
Stuck? Consider the Opportunities in China
A young graduate tells the story of finding his way in China. If you find yourself in a similar predicament of un- or underemployment, you might consider his invitation:
CNN on the Importance of Studying Foreign Language
One of the best choices you can make when planning your college years is
the decision to learn a foreign language, whatever your major. Learning
another language will open the door to another culture and enhance your
career opportunities in the increasingly global economy. Having strong
skills in another language may give you an edge when applying for a job.
That unique ability will set you apart from other applicants and show a
potential employer that you have demonstrated long-term discipline in
acquiring specialized knowledge.
Why Study Art History?
Journalists like to beat up on the humanities. We don’t need to look far to find fresh stories on why universities need to get back to job training and to limit students majoring in the liberal arts. Art History, like literature or philosophy, is a favorite target for its lack of utility.
Read here about the serious problems with these assumptions and how and why the market values skills learned in Art History:
Inside Higher Ed Makes Case for Humanities
The authors of “Fear of Being Useful,” a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, expose the fallacies in what passes for conventional wisdom on humanities degrees–that they’re a waste of time, a ticket to unemployment, and so on.
Their survey of the types of communicative and thinking skills valued by the modern marketplace holds out promise for humanities grads. They also highlight innovative programs around the country, including BYU’s Humanities+ initiatives, that are helping students bridge humanities coursework with career opportunity.