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Today’s job market is a fast-changing, information and service-based environment. To thrive in this setting, companies have become less focused on finding employees with specialized expertise as they once were. Instead, they look for skills that are applicable to all areas of the workforce—particularly in critical thinking and communication. This means they typically hire good team players with excellent people skills who can learn quickly. Luckily, many areas of study will enable you to develop those skills.
For example, if you major in people-centered subjects—such as anthropology, sociology, or psychology, to name a few—you will learn quite a bit about human behavior. Studying human behavior will help you to build people skills that will be useful when collaborating with colleagues in the workplace.
At what point does the price of a college education exceed its value? Are some college degrees more valuable than others? Our experts answer these pressing questions in this week's blog post.
The term actually refers to colleges offering a degree in a course of study comprising the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences (which may not have direct vocational relevance).
The social sciences generally relate to the study of human experience, society, and social behavior. They include psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, political science, and economics (fields of study are sometimes called disciplines).
Most professional work opportunities that don’t require graduate school training—like engineering or accounting—require a B.S. in that particular area of study. But if you’re on a more general career track like journalism, don’t know what you want to do post-college, or you’re at a liberal arts–focused school, it is completely fine for you to pursue an unrelated area of study. In fact, that’s what makes college great—the opportunity to explore a wide range of major and career options.
Just remember that at some point, preferably sooner rather than later, you need to be honing in on an area of study so you can, at the very least, graduate on time. Also, if you’re not pursuing a degree that’s directly related to your dream job, try to pack your schedule with courses that provide some type of exposure to that particular career. How else will you know if that’s the right one for you? And when you start going on internship or job interviews, you’ll have something to refer back to when the hiring manager would like more information on your background and experience. Your classroom projects and papers can go miles in helping prove or show your passion for a particular job.