Eclectic Curiosity


Posted on October 24th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

I stumbled upon this webpage that makes the connection between liberal arts education and high tech jobs. Not a new argument and, really, it’s not that interesting of a page but it does have a couple of comments worth posting here.

“The United States is entering a new golden age of generalists: integrators of information, motivators of people, communicators of ideas. A world in which “even philosophy majors can get a job,” says Mitchell Fromstein, CEO of Manpower Inc. (“provided,” he adds quickly, “they have some kind of exposure to [computer] technology”). This trend has been gathering force ever since the 1970s, when evidence began to accumulate of the mess that narrowly trained specialists had made of the American economy.

In today’s job market, there is a premium on intangible qualities such as leadership, flexibility, and the capacity for abstract thought. The other stuff can be taught by employers. Generalists have core skills that you can leverage throughout the organization, innate qualities of problem solving, leadership, adaptability for change.”

— Jerry Adler & Seema Nayyar, Help! I Majored in Beer; Careers 2000.

“More than any other curriculum, the liberal arts train people to think critically about concepts and society, look at the big picture, and analyze cause and effect relationships, break an idea or situation into component parts and put it back together again,” says Robert Goodward, Director of Publications, Why Hire Humanities Graduates?, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

 — William A. Schaffer, High-Tech Companies Need Liberal-Arts Grads, Yahoo! Careers.

Gregory Giangrande, author of The Liberal Arts Advantage, says, “While we have experienced breathtaking technological and industrial developments, corporations are now also competing in a global marketplace  Corporations require employees who are generalists rather than specialists, who can cultivate complex relationships that will help them to compete. According to Fortune, nearly 1/3 of all CEOs majored in Liberal Arts.”

 — Barbra Lewis, Living in La-La Land? What to do with that Liberal Arts degree.





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