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  •  College Major Is a Consideration... (9+ / 0-)

    I have a personal gripe with the all-around promotion of the STEM fields. I strongly agree that we need to see more minorities (women included) in STEM majors in college. However, it is a big mistake IMHO to 1) suggest that the majority of students take up study in these fields and 2) turn the traditional university into a vocational center.

    I fit the non-STEM statistic, trust me. I have a BA in Liberal Arts, I'm unemployed (although I do freelance work in web publishing...it's not a full-time income), and I have a pile of student loan debt. Even so, I do not for a second regret my college major. I did major in engineering for two years...and spent several years working in the technology industry. Here's what I found...over and over again. An inability to communicate effectively across various levels across the business. So basically you have engineers who can't communicate with salespeople; customer service professionals who can't communicate with managers. Oh, and writing skills have seemed to completely jump out the window in most cases...

    But even more unfortunate is how in general, how uninformed college graduates are about the world they live in. It used to surprise me....but now just causes me to throw up my hands, that people don't know basic history, geography, don't read the classics, etc. This limited education cuts off our ability to relate with those who are different than ourselves. Which actually helps to promote inequality, not work eradicate it.

    But getting back to this article...and looking at pay rates. I'm fine (and we all should be) with a communications professional making $40-$45K per year while an engineer makes twice as much money. Because even at $40K, you aren't rich...but you aren't living in poverty (well unless you're in NYC or something) either. So yeah, that's fine. What I'm not fine with is saying that liberal arts graduates, such as myself, are not employable. That's just hogwash. I've seen firsthand how businesses just tank because of inefficiency and bad communication. Oh and let's not forget that just because you are a scientist or engineer....doesn't mean you know how to manage people...

    •  OMG...you sound like me!! I have a BA in (1+ / 0-)
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      MsShona

      Linguistics with a minor in Spanish and have held jobs as a Technical Writer and Business Analyst recently and the majority of folks in the technology arena couldn't communicate their way out of a paper bag! Don't even get me started on their writing skills (outside developing code)!

      An inability to communicate effectively across various levels across the business. So basically you have engineers who can't communicate with salespeople; customer service professionals who can't communicate with managers. Oh, and writing skills have seemed to completely jump out the window in most cases...

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