A New Trend in Hiring

A new trend in hiring is to offer jobs to people with degrees in the Humanities and not with Business degrees. As opposed to a BComm, a BA offers actual skills that will be extremely useful in the workplace. Bachelor degrees in business, even from very prestigious schools, are quite useless. These degrees were invented to meet the demand, but since the demand was created by people who had no understanding of the workings of higher education, these undergraduate business programs ended up being completely meaningless. Students who graduate from undergraduate programs in Business, Finance, Marketing, etc. can offer nothing but their enormously overblown expectations as to the salaries they believe they deserve.

People with BAs, on the other hand, are articulate, have great writing, speaking and interpersonal skills. More often than not, they speak more than one language. They are well-rounded and are good conversationalists. They have an openness to the world and its wonders while people who come out of undergraduate business programs often exhibit an attitude of gloomy resentment against the world that didn’t hurry to offer them a huge salary straight out of college.

Of course, the old-school frumpy business owners still haven’t caught up to this new trend in hiring and continue offering positions to the graduates of these hopelessly outdated business programs. But who wants to work for them anyway? They lack vision and can’t create the kind of a workplace where promising, enthusiastic workers will want to stay. New, exciting startups are the places that are spearheading this transformation in hiring practices. As an academic who is now making a killing in the business world said:

Newsflash, grads: if that HR person thinks Humanities degrees have nothing to offer, and that HR department has no way of comprehending why your incredible sense of discipline, focus, and strong communication skills are relevant, then you shouldn’t want to work for that company. Any progressive, modern institution or company nowadays should know that, ironically, those qualities that you possess are easily the hardest to find in the concrete modern business world and, I’d argue, the most important as vehicles of progress and innovation.

The future in business belongs to those who can find and attract the best talent available. And that talent can be found in the Humanities programs of North American colleges.

9 thoughts on “A New Trend in Hiring

  1. I am not surprised at all. My impression is that business majors were created since the Second World War primarily to give an easy major for football players. The major has become less easy, and at many schools, this niche is now filled by the Criminal Justice major.

    Of course, there are exceptions to everything. A friend of mine got an MBA as well as a Ph. D. in engineering. He says that the MBA was where he got his liberal education, since he took philosophy, history, and literature courses as part of it.

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    1. MBA is an entirely different thing. I’m all for MBAs. Here I’m discussing specifically undergraduate degrees in business.

      “The major has become less easy, and at many schools, this niche is now filled by the Criminal Justice major.”

      • Only in places where a BA in Educational Leadership or Social Work does not exist. 🙂

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  2. I tell you, I am the bridge for so many people to advance in business and get new high status jobs. I tell them exactly what to say and why it would be wrong to make certain answers. I know how the system works. But I am too smart to be captivated by the system. I know how it works.

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    1. “I tell you, I am the bridge for so many people to advance in business and get new high status jobs. I tell them exactly what to say and why it would be wrong to make certain answers.”

      • Hey, maybe you should also start a job recruitment agency. I can totally see you doing that. On the other hand, I’m not sure whether you’d want to dedicate so much of your life to witnessing people’s idiocy. 🙂

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      1. I don’t have the smoothness of personality to start a job recruiting agency. I have it in the Asian context, but not in the Western cultural context. I am inclined to disrespect people’s Western individualism and see it as as an unsightly protuberance of what Ortega y Gassett called “mass man”. Regrettably enough, I cannot disguise my contempt. Of all the environments I tried in my experimentation, the two that worked the best for me were academia (so long as I was allowed to be on my own and didn’t have to mingle with the pseudo-left) and the military (where the culture seemed aesthetically delightful to me and very easy to undertand since that was the environment I was brought up in).

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        1. “I have it in the Asian context, but not in the Western cultural context. I am inclined to disrespect people’s Western individualism and see it as as an unsightly protuberance of what Ortega y Gassett called “mass man””

          • It is so pleasing to see people appreciate and value the work of our great philosopher. 🙂

          “Of all the environments I tried in my experimentation, the two that worked the best for me were academia (so long as I was allowed to be on my own and didn’t have to mingle with the pseudo-left) and the military (where the culture seemed aesthetically delightful to me and very easy to undertand since that was the environment I was brought up in).”

          • I haven’t tried the military (although I love marching in formation) but I’m also happy in academia for as long as I’m left entirely alone to do my own thing.

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          1. Well military life is tough and you have to be made for it. Those of my original culture were bred for it, it seems. I gain a lot of reassurance watching them banter among themselves on Facebook, after I thought they had disappeared into the past.

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  3. Based on the business majors that have wandered through my classrooms over the years, the only undergraduate business major that seems to attract smart students is Accounting. All of the Accounting majors I’ve had have been smart and very hard working. The General Management, Finance and Marketing majors tend to be average to below average. And the absolute bottom of the barrel are the ones in something called Entrepreneurial Management; this is a fairly new program aimed at students who want to start their own businesses someday. Based on the ones I’ve seen, they will need to start their own businesses because I can’t imagine anyone else would be willing to hire them.

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