More and more, employers are recognizing the value of having liberal arts graduates on the company payroll.
These highly-educated, critically-minded employees come from a variety of academic backgrounds, and bring broad perspectives and diverse experiences to the workforce.
In fact, many CEOs, company presidents, and marketplace analysts are coming to the defense of liberal arts graduates—and why students should rethink the old stereotype that a liberal arts degree won’t lead a successful career.
Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple
In 2010, former CEO of Apple Steve Jobs famously remarked that a technology company is at its best when it remembers its humanity.
“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone isn’t enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.”
Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder and CEO of Slack
In a 2015 Forbes article, Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield reflected fondly on his own liberal arts education.
“I learned how to write really clearly. I learned how to follow an argument all the way down, which is invaluable in running meetings. And when I studied the history of science, I learned about the ways that everyone believes something is true.”
Lisa Earle McLeod, Columnist and Author of Forget Perfect
Author Lisa Earle McLeod nails how writing has become one of the most sought-after skills among hiring teams.
“As companies get bigger and less and less cohesive, the written word becomes even more important. You don’t have people in one place working together anymore, so being able to write concisely and directly for people will become a more valuable skill.”
Steve Yi, CEO of MediaAlpha
Steve Yi, CEO of the Web advertising platform MediaAlpha, has praised liberal arts programs for preparing graduates to thrive, even when markets and industries’ futures are uncertain.
“In the dynamic environment of the technology sector, there is not typically one right answer when you make decisions. There are just different shades of how correct you might be.”
Vince Broady, CEO of Thismoment
The CEO of the content marketing platform Thismoment, Vince Broady, explains why following your passion may be the single most important decision you can make about your career.
“There is always a story about a wasted education, about someone who paid so much for a degree and is now driving a taxi. But you have to have some faith that your education will not be wasted on you. This is about you and your specific situation; you need to make sure that what you learn serves you.”
Considering a degree in liberal arts, or feeling uncertain about where your college journey will take you? Be sure to check out IPFW’s new Pathways Program, which can help you explore your interests and choose a major. Or, download our guide to Choosing a Major.