Christendom’s Class of 2016 has much to look forward to following graduation this May, with demand for liberal arts graduates greater than generally perceived, according to a new report from the New York Daily News. Thanks to their soft skills, liberal arts graduates have the ability to become tomorrow’s leaders in a way that STEM graduates cannot, according to the report, giving Christendom graduates the edge in today’s competitive economy.
In the report, author Dr. Steven Lindner dispels the notion that liberal arts graduates have a lesser chance of success in today’s age of STEM education, pointing out that only around half of STEM graduates even land jobs within their field. Liberal arts graduates, on the other hand, are in high demand amongst a variety of employers, due to their well-rounded educational background.
“The ability to continuously learn within an organization is particularly attractive for employers. Liberal arts students excel in this field. Employers desire flexible skillsets that offer versatility within companies and liberal arts students are well-rounded individuals that meet the criteria,” said Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman, in an interview with the Daily News.
Liberal arts graduates have soft skills that most STEM graduates never learn during the course of their specialized education, such as the abilities to write and speak well. Their further ability to think critically and solve problems in creative ways lead many liberal arts graduates into leadership roles in companies, with many of today’s top CEOs, including Susan Wojcicki of YouTube and Richard Plepler of HBO, coming from liberal arts backgrounds in college.
“Many of the Fortune 1000 and federal agency employers who advertise their jobs on College Recruiter have told us that they greatly value students and recent graduates with liberal arts degrees because those candidates tend to have good critical thinking skills. It is often easier for an employer to teach a hard skill like coding than a soft skill like critical thinking,” said Steven Rothberg, president and founder of College Recruiter.
The Daily News story is backed up by 2016’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which published a list of the top ten skills that will be needed for careers in 2020. The list includes: effective thinking, writing, and speaking skills; the ability to understand logical relationships, construct arguments, and make sound judgments; problem-solving ability, understanding of human activity, and more (read the full list of skills here).
All of the skills needed to become tomorrow’s leaders are realized in a liberal arts education, which focuses not on skills that are only successful today, but rather on skills that will be valuable for generations to come. Students with this well-rounded, educational background are those who will change the world in the future, as entrepreneurs, business leaders, and more, according to this report from Davos.
At Christendom College, the top ten skills have been part of the liberal arts education since the founding of the college, helping to prepare students for any vocational calling after they leave campus, no matter how complex. Graduates of the college have go on to become CEOs, doctors, entrepreneurs, vice presidents, and more, thanks to their challenging educational background — the same education that produced the greatest scientists, saints, and heroes of the past 2000 years.
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