1’60% ofthe UK’s leaders have degrees humanities, arts and social sciences,’so why is the usefulness of studying the Arts and Humanities constantlydisputed? Humanities and art faculties across the global increasingly are onthe short end of fiscal cuts, while STEM subjects are being encouraged by bothgovernments and parents. This is due to the belief that STEM subjects are moreemployable subjects and lead to more financial stable lives. Does that meanthat studying the Arts and Humanities in today’s society is worthless?Absolutely not.
Studying the Arts and Humanities is still extremely useful fora variety of reasons. The study of the Arts and Humanities teaches students theskills needed for self-reflection and critical thinking, the value of suchskills cannot be understated. These skills are vital to becoming an independentlearner who can continue to grow once their University education has concluded.An independent learner is more likely to be an independent thinker thus makingArts and Humanities students prone to embrace their creative side. The abilityto think critically is also worthwhile, helping maintain a sober mind whendecision making, weighing up the pros and cons of each side of the argument. The attributes acquired from these skills are highlyvaluable to employers.
2″Many ofthe skills that are gained on a humanities degree are highly sought after inalmost every job.” This argument is supported by the fact that the rate ofunemployment of graduates with a Humanities and Arts degree is regularly belowthe national average, In the USA in 2013, 3’5.4%of the humanities majors who were terminal bachelor’s degree holders were unemployed’ whichwas below the national average of 7 percent.
This is clear evidence debunkingthe myth that studying the Arts and Humanities doesn’t make you employable butrather makes you a versatile individual who is wanted by employers. The skills learned from a Humanities and arts degrees not only make graduatesattractive to employers, they also help graduates succeed further in theirchosen career path or adopt a second career later in life. It is true thatimmediately University STEM students are more likely to 1MatthewBatstone, In Defense of the Humanities, TheGuardian, Date accessed, January 5th 2018. 2 Martin Williams, what are the career options forhumanities graduates? The Guardian, Date accessed, January 6th2018. 3 TheEmployment Status of Humanities Majors, Date accessed, January 6th2018,https://www.humanitiesindicators.org/content/indicatordoc.aspx?i=10919