“How much can I make with this major?”: the wrong question?

24 Oct

An interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education points out that studies correlating college majors to income potential fail to take into account key indicators for true success and happiness, as well as qualities actually desired by employers. Employers surveyed, the author writes, want to know:

“whether a graduate can tackle new questions and complex problems. Have graduates developed the capacities and commitment not simply to apply what they learned in their majors, but rather to keep pace with the dizzying pace of change in every field, in organizational ecologies, and in the wider society? Are graduates ready for a lifetime of new learning that will challenge them to make connections across many kinds of evidence and many areas of endeavor?”

The article suggests that a program of “liberal study,” and majors in the humanities, may best cultivate these kinds of skills and thereby equip students to be satisfied in their employment and attain the lifestyle they want (i.e., achieve true success and happiness).

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