Monday, February 3, 2014

Prepare to specialize, don't just hope

According to this article in the Sunday New York Times business section, liberal arts graduates cannot automatically walk in the door of a company focused around a specialized product (tech, finance, engineering, etc.)
"Many liberal-arts graduates say they are eager to find an employer willing to train them in skills that don’t require a degree in engineering or computer science.... But their pleas appear unlikely to be answered."
That seems short-sighted to the writer of this op-ed piece; it seems short-sighted to me as well. Companies spend lots of money training employees how to think, write, act like liberal arts grads. But that seems to be the reality.

However, the good news is that you are still in college. You can take a handful of specialized courses and get your feet wet in the industry of your choice.

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