Are humanities useless?

Should you worry about what you’ll end up doing for the rest of your life before you enter university or let that wait till you have your degree? If you think about a career once your studies are over, you’ll aim at a vocational courselike accounting or engineering. If not, you open yourself up to humanities and other courses that might be interesting while you’re studying, but do they have any value when you’re academic life is over?

Philosophy, English and History

What do courses in subjects like Philosophy, English and History teach us that makes our working life any easier? The answer is a complicated one because courses like these often teach skills outside of the basic classroom based activities. A good book taught in English can tell us a little about human nature, while a history course could give students lessons from the past to learn from in their future. Students who take courses they’re interested in are more likely to complete them. The fact that the student’s completed an academic course over a period of time often shows employers that they are someone who sticks with a task. This can be more important to the employer than the sort of degree written on their CV.

Vocational degrees

Experience is often seen as more important than vocational qualifications so why study something that only leads you down one path? If you have an accounting degree for example, you’ve chosen to spend your life in that field. That’s okay if you’re sure, but how many of us are sure of where our future lies at such a young age?

Foot in the door

A degree gets you a foot in the door with most employers, although it can provide you with a leg up if you get yourself onto a graduate training scheme. If you’re interested in the sorts of graduate schemes out there right now, click here.

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