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Humanities Majors Employed and Happy

Shocker: Humanities Grads Gainfully Employed and Happy. New data suggest that STEM majors are not the only route to success”

“[finds] humanities grads to be gainfully employed and holding positions of authority, and finds that only a slightly smaller share of them than of their better-paid counterparts think they have enough money. When it comes to measures of career satisfaction, humanities grads are as satisfied as those who majored in STEM.”

“The myth of the unemployed Humanities Major

“We need people studying the humanities, just like we need people studying every other discipline. It’s up to individual students to choose their own educational pathways and majors according to their interests, abilities, and yes, their employment prospects. But they should do so based on accurate information, not myths….We need more and better-educated college graduates in every discipline, and we need all those graduates to be equipped with a broad base of knowledge and intellectual skills that cut across disciplines.”

“Wall Street Journal” on salaries by major over lifetime careers.

Careers that Classics majors can follow.

Employers want humanities skills:

  • Nearly all those surveyed (93 percent) say that ‘a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a job candidate’s] undergraduate major’.”
  • More than 9 in 10 of those surveyed say it is important that those they hire demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.
  • More than 75% of employers say they want more emphasis on 5 key areas including: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings.
  • 80 percent of employers agree that, regardless of their major, all college students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.”

“The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students.”

“The eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas. Those traits sound more like what one gains as an English or theater major than as a programmer.”

“Want to Become a Billionaire? Read Up on Ancient Leaders.”

“You have to be an innovator to be a truly effective leader. You can’t do what everyone else does. [Ancient leaders] did things in a high risk way, [like the famous Carthaginian general] Hannibal going over the Alps to invade Rome instead of from the south, as the Romans thought he would do.”

“Why the Humanities Prepare You for Most Any Future, Part the 1000th