Businesses don't want your business degree, apparentlyon April 5, 2012 @ 12:07 pm (Updated: 6:22 am - 4/11/12 )
Young college students have been making moves to get degrees that would make them more marketable once they hit the job market, and doesn't business sound like a sensible degree? (AP Photo/File)
The recession has led to a slew of problems, particularly for young college graduates, trying to get their first, career -defining job. Some college-aged kids have even opted to not go to college, to make self-made men or women out of themselves.
That approach has been particularly popular in the tech industry, where giants like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs were college dropouts with ideas too big for colleges to handle.
But, young students have also been making moves to get degrees that would make them more marketable once they hit the job market, and doesn't business sound like a sensible degree?
Yet more and more recruiters that hire recent grads are shying away from business degree-holders, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, those students don't have the critical thinking skills that are developed when studying liberal arts.
Business degrees offer the "nuts and bolts" of the white collar trade. Recruiters have been saying, however, that it's the nuts and bolts that are easiest to include in on- the-job training. What's not as easy is developing the analytic, debating, idea-spawning skills that come from classrooms varied in subjects like those offered at liberal arts colleges.
It's great news for English or philosophy majors. Often the butt of jokes in the job world, (you know, as a great way to get a job in the food-service industry) these well read and eager to debate-types are proving their own job market value. They do more than just read.
That doesn't mean recent high school grads should bank on a liberal arts education. One of the most in demand fields is still tech. Companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook continue to grow, which means they'll continue to wade through piles of resumes to fill new positions. The seemingly continuous growth in tech will be good for the Seattle area, one of our city's most popular career fields.
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