Government jobs are on the rise. Forbes says that there will be 600,000 new positions, many of which would be suitable for Humanities majors–especially for those who have followed the Hum+ or +Hum path. Some examples:
Steve Jobs Touts Liberal Arts
In a down economy Apple somehow keeps beating Wall Street’s expectations. How do they do it? According to Steve Jobs, the liberal arts play a big role. For example, concerning their new breakthrough iPad, Jobs says: “The reason that Apple is able to create products like iPad is because we always try to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts, to be able to get the best of both.” Read more here:
Employers want broader skill sets provided by the Liberal Arts
From today’s Chronicle of Higher Education: “The employer survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates, asked 302 employers about specific emerging educational practices and their value in helping prepare college students for success.” If you have a subscription, read about them here: http://chronicle.com/article/Narrow-Skills-Training-Wont/63665/
A Job or an Education? What are you paying for?
Given the costs of higher education, parents and students often think of college as a means to an end: the job. Students tend to choose (or are pushed into) majors promising immediate and tangible monetary rewards. Such choices obviously make sense, but they can lead to short-sightedness, especially when students look upon the liberal arts or general education courses skeptically as “fluff” or “obstacles” to graduation.
U.S. business is run by CEOs with degrees in everything from atmospheric physics to French
Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner double majored in English and theatre. With the benefit of hindsight, he also encouraged his 3 sons to study the liberal arts. Why? Listen to Eisner: “Literature is unbelievably helpful because no matter what business you are in, you are dealing with interpersonal relationships. . . . It gives you an appreciation of what makes people tick.” Read here about other business leaders who claim that the humanities were the key to their long-term success: home.honolulu.hawaii.edu/~pine/libart/ceolibarts.html
+Humanities: Business returns to the Liberal Arts
In the wake of the recent economic crisis many business and financial institutions and even business schools have woken up to the fact that a liberal arts education is a highly valuable asset. Read this NYT article to find out why: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/business/10mba.html
The Truth about the Liberal Arts
Students often wonder what they can do with a degree in the Humanities or Liberal Arts beyond teaching, writing or editing. You might be surprised to see what the business world has to say. Read more: http://www.christendom.edu/images/pdfs/truth_liberalarts.pdf