There has been an on-going, all out war between Liberal Arts studies and what’s now known as STEM degrees for decades. The most recent battles have clearly seemed to be edging STEM to victory. We’ve all heard the arguments before and they are always black and white against the humanities –
“There are no jobs for Philosophy majors.”
“You can get that degree, but then you’ll never get a job.”
“There are no history major companies out there hiring.”
“What are you going to do with that, teach?”
I’m so pleased to say that a TRUCE can now be called! Apparently, there is value to BOTH!! It’s a shock, I know! According to this article from American Express Small Business Open Forum the answer is in BALANCE. While the STEM skills are valuable, so are the soft skills developed in the humanities. According to the author, employers are looking for a balance of both!
“The trend of employers looking for both field-specific skills and broad skills indicates that employees who combine a liberal arts major—especially an English major—with another major degree, such as business, science or technology, will have a competitive advantage. If businesses continue to look for and hire such individuals, they will no doubt have a positive impact on the workplace by creating more diversity in an organization.”
So balance your liberal arts degree with a STEM certification or minor, OR
balance your STEM degree with a minor in English or other liberal arts major –
Either way let’s end the war and value ALL the different skills that make for a valuable employee!