Some say that STEM skills are the most critical skills in the age of automation. Others think only the uniquely “human” skills of the liberal arts will survive.
We believe it’s both. The most valuable workers now, and in the future, are those who combine technical knowledge with human skills.
Rather than pit a college education against workforce training, we advocate integrating both in the learning process. Learn more in Robot Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work
Human skills, like leadership, communication, and problem solving, are among the most in-demand skills in the labor market.
Human skills are applied differently across career fields and must be effectively translated in terms of their relevance and application within a given field.
Liberal art grads should add technical skills. There is considerable demand for workers who complement their human skills with basic technical skills like data analysis and digital fluency.
Human+ skills are at work in a variety of fields. Human skills help liberal arts grads thrive in many career areas, including marketing, public relations, technology, and sales.
From their first job to their third job, liberal arts graduates commonly transition into high-skill, high-demand careers in marketing, advertising, public relations, management, and human resources and out of low-wage jobs in food preparation and customer service, for example.
Liberal arts grads then hit their stride later in their careers, experiencing rapid wage growth in their late 30s and early 40s—the fastest among majors. They have solid earnings and consistently outstrip certain career-oriented majors, but they don’t ever catch up to STEM majors in earnings.
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We’re getting mixed messages about the outcomes of liberal arts graduates. Depending on who you ask, these graduates are either headed for a lifetime as a barista or are capable of doing absolutely anything. The answer lies somewhere in the middle.
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