Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why liberal arts degrees are more valuable than you might think - GLOBE AND MAIL

by Scott Stirrett
Originally published: March 7, 2017

What are you going to do with your humanities degree? This is a question that almost anyone who has studied the humanities faces at some point from a skeptical relative or friend.

The belief that humanities graduates, which can include those who studied philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language, bring little or no value to the work force is unfortunately an all too common narrative in our society.

With a surge in demand for technical graduates, it is easy to see why one would question the value of a humanities degree. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates bring vital technical skills to Canadian startups, which are in short supply. At Venture for Canada, we have seen this demand first-hand and as a result have gone out of our way to recruit STEM talent for Canadian startups.