[Updated] NHA - Valued Skills - Point 1

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Employers Actively Seek Humanities Majors' Skills
More than 80% of employers want the skills that humanities majors cultivate. They:
think it is very important for recent college graduates to have critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
think it is very important for recent college graduates to have good written and oral communication skills.
are more likely to consider candidates who have completed multiple courses involving significant writing.
Source: Hart Research Associates, 2015.
The Humanities Prepare Students to be Good Managers
Source: Valerie Strauss, December 20, 2017
Google’s Project Oxygen analyzed its hiring, firing, and promotion data since 1998 and found that the following skills make a good manager:
  1. being a good coach;
  2. communicating and listening well;
  3. possessing insights into others (including others' different values and points of view);
  4. having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues;
  5. being a good critical thinker and problem solver;
  6. and being able to make connections across complex ideas.
Nearly 60% of humanities majors have jobs that involve managing or supervising.
Source: Humanities Indicators, 2018
Employers Seek Hires With Foreign Language Skills
16% of employers are satisfied with recent graduates' foreign language skills
Business executives see foreign language skills and appreciation of cross-cultural difference as important for positions at all levels
Source: Kedia, Xie, and Daniel, 2014
Source: Hart Research Associates, 2015.
Source: U.S. Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Nearly 40% of business executives reported a failure to reach their international potential due to language barriers
In response to 9/11, FBI increased language experts on staff by 85%
Source: Kedia, Xie, and Daniel, 2014.