The surprising benefits of a liberal arts degree for a tech career

A "useless" liberal arts concentration could make you stand out in an IT career

Tell someone you work in technology and, chances are, they'll assume you graduated with a degree in one of the STEM fields. Chances are, you have. But there's a growing appreciation for employees in the tech industry with skills beyond what's traditionally taught in science and technology classes.

Forbes highlights a number of high-profile employees of tech startups and major companies who graduated with liberal arts degrees--fields like philosophy, which our moms and dads warned us were unemployable. At least a base knowledge of technology is required to prosper in tech, of course, but the article notes that much of what's required to make a tech company successful isn't necessarily about technology. It's about people skills, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to generate creative ideas and make logical arguments.

Stuff taught in useless English literature classes with little direct connection to tech careers.

Forbes' examples are inspiring for anyone interested in working in the tech industry but without a technical degree. And for those who do work on the technical side, it's a prompt to embrace or enhance those "soft skills" that are often learned more outside of STEM classes. Go on and study music, literature, art, philosophy, and everything else that is "useless" but makes you a more well-rounded, critical thinker--the kind that tech companies want to scoop up.

This story, "The surprising benefits of a liberal arts degree for a tech career" was originally published by ITworld.


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