Posts from "May, 2011"

Choosing a Career by a Salary Chart is Shortsighted

Consider these two facts:

1. 40% of all Yale students graduate in a
humanities/social science discipline. 

2. Among the Stanford Business School’s MBA graduates of
47% majored as an
undergraduate in either the humanities or a social science.

What’s going on here? What secret about the humanities are these Yale and Stanford students in on? Why would they spend so
much money and energy on so-called “useless” disciplines that many people in the media say “lead to nowhere”?

To understand this conundrum and to avoid making an inappropriate career choice based on popular mythology, make sure to understand what you want out of life and to take the proper, evidenced-based steps to get there. You might be surprised to discover that you can follow your passion and make a good living. 

Read more:

*Thanks to Ed Cutler for the link.

Internship Possibility with UN in Vienna, Austria

You don’t necessarily need German to intern here. Either French or English–the official languages of the UN–would be sufficient. Details here:

Why Liberal Arts Matter (CNN)

CNN recently ran a story by Michael Roth on why study of the Liberal Arts is crucial for the future of our nation. Here is an excerpt:

“In recent years university leaders in Asia, the Mideast and even
Europe have sought to organize curricula more like those of our liberal
art schools. How, they want to know, can we combine rigorous
expectations of learning with the development of critical thinking and
creativity that are the hallmarks of the best American colleges?

in our own land we are running away from the promise of liberal
education. We are frightened by economic competition, and many seem to
have lost confidence in our ability to draw from the resources of a
broadly based education. Instead, they hope that technical training or
professional expertise on their own will somehow invigorate our culture
and society.”

more here:

Promising Future in Translation Careers

U.S. News reports that due to the global economy careers in translation will be taking off in the near future.

Excerpt from article:
Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Labor Department. Demand is driven by an increasingly global economy, as well as an increasingly large population of non-English speakers in the United States.”

Competitive Advantage in Studying Portuguese

While searching for internships for BYU students, I have discovered a great interest in Portuguese, both by global business and international organizations. The OECD (one of the best internships in the world), for example, said it would love to take interns with a knowledge of Brazil and Portuguese. This is due to the size and dynamism of the Brazilian economy, but also because of its classification as one of rapidly emerging “BRICS” (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) economies. Evidently there is a shortage of Americans who speak fluent Portuguese–why not choose this option over the more commonly taught languages?
See what this blogger has to say about Brazil:
“For young Americans wondering what country and language they can study that will give them an edge in life, let me suggest Brazil and Portuguese.

That’s partly because of Brazil’s enormous potential – and it’s also because Brazil is an undervalued stock in the US academy. Most US “Latin Americanists” concentrate on Spanish and Spanish America. There are good reasons for that, but it leads to a distorted US picture of the hemisphere. Except for Mexico and
a couple of others, the Spanish speaking countries of the hemisphere are minnows: Brazil is a whale. One single Brazilian state alone, Sao Paulo, has a GDP bigger than any Spanish republic except for Mexico.  

Becoming fluent in Portuguese and investing time in getting to know Brazil is likely to pay off much, much better for young Americans than the study of Spanish. Let your classmates study Spanish and spend their summers in Nicaragua; learn Portuguese, go to Brazil, and learn what the future looks like.”

Dean of the Business School at the University of Madrid Proposes a Return to Humanities Study

Like many business educators around the world, the dean of Business at the University of Madrid is noticing a narrowness in business education that he thinks might be remedied with more intense study of art and literature. 

Paid Editing/Journalism Internships at the Chronicle of Higher Ed

Excerpts from ad:

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers three internship sessions each year: winter/spring, summer, and fall.

The paper is currently seeking interns for the fall 2011 session, which will begin in September. The Chronicle is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to maintaining a diverse work force.

The internships are full-time in our Washington, D.C., office and will last through December. In addition to a $500 weekly stipend, academic credit can often be arranged.

Three interns will be hired; we are looking for both undergraduates and recent graduates.

All the interns will have the same primary responsibilities: reporting and writing daily news articles forThe Chronicle’s Web site (which usually appear subsequently in print), writing news articles for other sections of the newspaper, and doing research for special projects. There is very little grunt work. Interns who prove themselves as reporters and writers are often asked to write full-length features.

The Chronicle places a premium on reporting that is accurate and writing that shines. All writing, including that done by staff reporters, is carefully edited. Interns typically leave with a set of strong, varied clips.

Requirements: Experience writing for publication, either at a student newspaper or a professional publication, is required. Candidates with previous internships and deadline-reporting experience are preferred. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2011. Applications that are late, e-mailed, or faxed will not be considered.

Details here:

Silicon Valley Tech Firms Need Humanities Students

Excerpts from Stanford News

Entrepreneurs said that fast-growing start-up companies need people with a wide range of skills, especially those who can help companies extend their global reach, connect with consumers and understand different cultures.

Humanities students show passion and dedication, said Vivek Ranadiv√©, chief executive officer of the software company TIBCO. Large companies aren’t concerned with the specific knowledge humanities PhDs gained while writing a dissertation, said June Cohen, executive producer at TED Media. More important are the skills graduates have acquired, such as stamina and listening.

Discussion at the event initially focused on perceived differences between academia, the pursuit of knowledge for intellectual pleasure and companies’ need for growth and product development.

Entrepreneurs in the first panel discussion tried to stress the need for humanities students to bring innovative ways of thinking to a company. During the second discussion, the conversation moved toward finding common ground. “Technology is becoming more humanist and at the same time the humanities are becoming more technical,” said Bob Tinker, president and CEO of MobilIron, a software company based in Mountain View.