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    Economics is considered as social science, right? I haven't felt like I lacked / am lacking job opportunities thus far. Perhaps it's the most practical among all the so-called social science degrees? (Although most of my classes have been heavily theorethical, which I personally liked)

    Anyway, I would be inclined to say that given how the entertainment industry is growing larger and larger - and expected to keep on going, given that it'll be in high demand among emerging countries - these liberal arts degrees can be easily "spent" in that sector. I know an INFP guy that studied media & visual arts, he was hired by a film-making company and he's doing exactly what he studied for. He might not have a stellar stipend, but he's definitely far from being poor / homeless / unemployed.
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    i started off as an engineer in undergrad.
    but i graduated with a degree in literature.
    and i did my masters in critical theory.

    i have worked in management consulting and advertising.

    the workplace needs more interesting-ness. top consultancies
    like mckinsey hire people from all walks of life, MDs, engineers,
    theorists.

    i think students confine their career choices too much with
    what degree they pursue as opposed to their skills. well
    you know, besides professional degrees.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    The former CEO of Goldman Sachs and Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, was an English major (from Dartmouth, I believe).

    You hear examples like this all the time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
    The former CEO of Goldman Sachs and Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, was an English major (from Dartmouth, I believe).

    You hear examples like this all the time...
    I would not use him as an inspiration, though
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    I would not use him as an inspiration, though
    Know much about him?

    He's not a bad guy...

    He did what he had to do.

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    To be fair, Bernake probably got his post because of who he knew, not his degree.
    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” -Nietzsche

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    I had a liberal arts education and often wondered the answer to this question myself. Its not that I think that it is a worthless learning experience but it can be difficult to explain in practical terms to others. The are general transferable skills that can affect every aspect of life but not in a concrete fashion. They are the sorts of things people assume others have but most are lacking in:

    1) It gives you an ability to understand and make sense of the world around you. You are able to deconstruct something and uncover the fundamental ideas at the heart of it. In other words it provides an eye for critical thinking and interpreting things that other might overlook or disregard altogether. It gives you the ability to appreciate imaginative skill and artistic intentions as well as a healthy scepticism with which to question assumptions.

    2) To carry on from 1, you gain problem solving ability. You discover ways to assess the world around you and learn to make changes that better it.

    3) Communication skills. You learn to better express thoughts and ideas in writing and verbally.

    4) It gives you insights into society and human beings. Liberal arts and social sciences are inherently about people: what the feel, how they behave, what drives them etc. It is the theory of life in various forms and approaches - in other words the pursuit of wisdom. You can live many lives over through novels, stories of historical events, a theory of philosophy etc. You see the mistakes and indiosyncrasies of others though books and learn from it as you would if you had lived them. This gives you maturity, clarity of mind, sensitivity in dealing with others, and develops you decision making skills.

    5) Creative skills. This might be more in my vein of study but you have a better idea of how to make things look or sound good, and impress and persuade people. In other words you understand how to demonstrate an idea with the use of, for example, language or pictures in order to acheive a desired effect.

    There are probably more but I can't think of it now. I just know I would be a lesser person if I had not had my education.
    I would go with all of that. Out of all my friends I have the broadest education and can adapt to any field. Southern Kross has it so right...and you can always specialise later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post

    Strangely I just got a job recently based on, what I believe to be, my liberal arts education. A cousin of mine introduced me to this guy who runs several business in my broader field of interest (with the purpose of getting a job with him). The 3 of us plus an artist (long story) sat down and had a coffee together and we talked about art and various other things. The guy asked me what I studied/done in the past and I gave a 20 second summary or so. We talked some more about other things and by the end he offered me the job. I never even handed him my CV or was asked specific questions about my skills. He just hired me basically based on my character and my ability engage in meaningful conversation about visual arts. So this stuff can happen, just not that often...
    I have gotten all my jobs this way but maybe because I am an E. Every job I have ever applied for I did not get interview but get me talking to someone and I get offered work left right and centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    3) Communication skills. You learn to better express thoughts and ideas in writing and verbally.
    I did more writing for my pols. major than my writing minor. (And I took as many classes as the writing "majors" did while completing my minor. And I got to skip British Lit. by not majoring in English! :p )
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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    Quote Originally Posted by speculative View Post
    I did more writing for my pols. major than my writing minor. (And I took as many classes as the writing "majors" did while completing my minor. And I got to skip British Lit. by not majoring in English! :p )
    That is exactly it - the best writers for work I know have an Arts degree. (we drop the liberal but here is Aus)

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