Even in the age of STEM, employers still value liberal arts degrees
BY Dr. Steven Lindner
DAILY NEWS CONTRIBUTOR
Monday, April 4, 2016, 8:00 PM
So your son or daughter has received that letter of acceptance to the school of their choice and they’re college bound. It is justifiably one of the proudest moments in parenthood because your child is on the right track for success.
However, there is a certain sense of uneasiness with their decision to major in liberal arts, especially when there is a gut feeling that they will have better employment opportunities majoring in a high-in-demand STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics) field.
There are a variety of reasons that a college student might choose to pursue a liberal arts education over a STEM degree. Furthermore, although we continue to hear how popular STEM skills are, only about half of students graduating with a STEM degree land jobs in the field, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Employers’ demand for professionals with a liberal arts background might actually be greater than generally perceived, largely because their broader scope of knowledge and skills learned can differentiate themselves from the pool of candidates.
HR executives perceive graduates with liberal arts degrees as well-rounded candidates with characteristics that stimulate efficiency and resourcefulness.
Workers who can navigate and rethink business models using knowledge from many different disciplines, with an ability to continuously learn, are qualities in the wheelhouse of liberal arts students.
“The ability to continuously learn within an organization is particularly attractive for employers. Liberal arts students excel in this field,” said Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman, who leads the academic institution in the core values of inclusiveness, social justice, experiential learning, and socially engaged, global citizenship.
“Employers desire flexible skillsets that offer versatility within companies and liberal arts students are well-rounded individuals that meet the criteria.”
Nudelman noted that Antioch continues to receive requests from employers to provide employees in leadership career paths with the type of diverse coursework that make up liberal arts degree programs.
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