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Major + Skills = Job Prospects

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Goldie Blumenstyk, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that good data exists to support students interested in a liberal arts education.  Develop some key skills along the way and good paying jobs prospects are an attainable reality, especially for those with some coding experience.  [read more]

Artificial Intelligence to Wipe Out Millions of Jobs

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The next big wave of automation came to light last week in a rather quiet way as a Google-owned computer system, Lee Sedol, a champion of one of the world’s most complex board games.  As the world of artificial intelligence continues to advance millions of jobs and ways of life are going to change.

Some 10 percent of all American jobs involve driving vehicles, and most all of them will be lost, said Moshe Y. Vardi, a professor of computational engineering at Rice University. “What are we going to do with these 3.5 million people?”

Christof Koch, president and Chief Scientific Officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science warned  “This is a real issue of our time, and none of our politicians right now is even mentioning it.  I’m not sure anybody even knows about this, which is rather depressing.”

Miles Brundage, a doctoral student at Arizona State University who has been studying AlphaGo, believes the far more urgent need is a real and comprehensive examination of how society and its economy will function once artificial intelligence begins wiping out millions of jobs. [read more]

Top Majors for 2015

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Not sure what major to choose? Take a look at this list of the top majors for getting a job after graduation.  Many people think a degree in philosophy holds little promise.  But the data suggests differently.  Philosophy majors hold the highest rate of income among liberal arts majors ten years after graduation.  [read more]

How to Avoid Ending Up in the Unemployment Line

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Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, posts an article with some strong advice for college students — choose a major with rigor.  To many college students opt for a major that requires very little high-level reading and writing.  Many students use professor rating sites to choose the class with the least amount of out-of-class work and in the end, pay for this decision in the job market.  Mr. Selingo’s advice, challenge yourself in college with difficult courses.  “Look for classes that require you to read more than forty pages a week or write more than twenty pages over the course of an entire semester. Such deep experiences writing and reading improve your reading comprehension and communications skills, both important markers for employers.”

Choosing a Practical Major

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“Students have been confronted for generations with the question: ‘What do you expect to do with a degree in that?'”   Philip Bean from Haverford College offers some advice the the incoming freshman student that includes: study something of interest to you, study something that will sharpen your mind, and spend time exploring career options.  [read more]