Are liberal arts degrees and education relevant in today's society?

Asked by: kenem7
  • Yes they are

    As a student who is in the process of going to school for liberal arts degree I can see the challenges that will come with finding a job, but I also see the benefits as well. I agree that there is a shortage or slim pickings of jobs to go along with my degree, but I agree with Mary Godwyn, who believes we should integrate liberal arts subjects into more popular and what the economy sees as useful degrees. When combined with other areas of studies that may seem more relevant in today’s economy a liberal arts degree can be very beneficial.

  • The career world does not always play according to the rules of trade schools

    There is a common tendency for people to say that liberal arts will not teach skills needed for a job. While this is often true, teaching everyone job-related skills creates other problems.
    1) Employers only want the best. Within each trade school, students are judged according to the same standards. Without the ability to explore and learn one's own intrinsic skillets, only the select best students will get the jobs. In other words, the value of the education should not be based only on whether or not someone gets a job, because not everyone will. In liberal arts, the backup is that other skills are can be explored and developed, to which the student can further explore on their own later.
    2) The trend of hiring specialists is not something that lasts forever. The trend goes back and forth from specialist to generalist.
    3) Learning about a job is not the only thing that will guarantee a successful career. This is because career and life have a delicate balance. Learning to press certain buttons well may benefit someone in the short term. But life requires adaptation and integration to change. The work world does not always play according to the rules learned at a trade school. There are complex social and psychological dynamics that are at play. Being "technical" is not always the same as being "professional". Being professional is learning to handle conflicts well, communicate clearly, and have good work-life balance.

  • Your degree is essentially worthless..

    Your degree is largely a waste of time and money. It will not give you any benefit among prospective employers or competitive advantage among other job seekers. You're squandering your college education and likely incurring debt in the process. At the end of it you'll find the difficulty in finding employment to pay off the debt you incur...If anything find you a could technical skill or a trade.

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