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Study Emphasizes Importance of Liberal Arts Skills

College grads who can combine liberal arts skills with technical know-how will be well-positioned for future careers, this new study says. https://www.collegeconfidential.com/articles/study-human-skills-are-imperative-to-future-careers/
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  • rickle1rickle1 2083 replies18 threads Senior Member
    edited November 2018
    Very interesting and makes a lot of sense. Businesses ultimately want and need leaders to manage teams and drive results. Those skills are quite different from technical skills in a particular industry. A nice blend of the two makes for a nice future.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 79088 replies703 threads Senior Member
    The article uses an implied definition of "STEM" and "liberal arts" being mutually exclusive, as evidenced by the quote below:
    The old way of thinking about a STEM education versus liberal arts is a false choice, the report notes. In the past — and even today — some people believed that the “hard” skills of science, technology, engineering and math were most critical to careers. Others said that the uniquely human skills learned in the liberal arts were the ones that will endure in the face of automation. In fact, it’s both, and that makes a lot of sense.

    In reality, "liberal arts" includes science and math, rather than only humanities and social studies.
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  • rickle1rickle1 2083 replies18 threads Senior Member
    ^ agree with you. However the greater point is emphasizing the need for more "human" (I guess based in humanities) skills vs. solely focusing on quant as those roles risk more AI replacement. Communications and leadership are major drivers in business and generally stem from a very well rounded (and more interesting) individual.
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  • BurgermeisterBurgermeister 365 replies7 threads Member
    40 years ago we shared papers in our technical writing class at an engineering college; and I was shocked. Seventy-five percent of my classmates could not compose a paragraph. These days, my little wall streeter is surprised how robotic grads are from some of the top business schools. His compulsory religion classes probably helped as did his liberal arts minor.
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