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.
Intern with the National Language Service Corps
From the NLSC website:
National Language Service Corps, NLSC,
is a group of individuals like you, who can speak, listen and understand English
and other languages. These individuals (known as “NLSC Members”) make themselves
available to help others in times of emergency or crisis wherever that may be. They
have the opportunity to help their neighbors and fellow citizens by participating
in national and state efforts when their expertise can truly make a difference.
Our Members can be called upon in time of need to use their interpreting and translating
skills to help others in the United States and around the world during short-term
Our Members have participated in assignments in places ranging from Atlanta, Thailand
and Indonesia and some have been able to help from their own homes.
Somewhere there are people who need help, in their language. Be one who offers that
help. Use your language skills to bridge the divide between cultures. Do you speak
more than one language? Then consider applying for membership!
more here: http://www.nlscorps.org/
Intern with UN in Brazil
The UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) offers internships to graduate students in Brazil in the following areas: Communications, Outreach and
Become a Virtual Intern for State Dept
The State Dept just created a new e-internship program that you can paricipate in without leaving home. See details here:
Foreign Service Opportunity for Spanish Students
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The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS), a part of a
growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment
to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic
engagement, is piloting a program through the Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities (HACU) to offer students from Hispanic-Serving
Institutions (HSIs) the opportunity to serve as virtual (eInterns) for U.S.
diplomatic posts in the Americas and offices in the Western Hemisphere Affairs
Bureau. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and
throughout the world, eInterns (American students working virtually) are
partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts overseas and State Department domestic
offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our
networked world. VSFS eInternships are unpaid and applications are rolling.