Human Communication: Today’s Surprising Skill Gap

Don't Panic Liberal Arts Majors, The Tech World Wants You

Don’t Panic Liberal Arts Majors, The Tech World Wants You

We all know that software engineers and other tech types are in high demand today. But there’s a surprising skill that’s missing today.  On a recent podcast of The James Altucher Show, LinkedIn Editor in Chief, Dan Roth, explained a surprising trend.

High tech is creating a need for better human communication. 

Roth said that companies today need people with good communication skills, and they’re not seeing it. Hiring managers need people who can explain things well, write memos effectively and express ideas clearly.

Good News Liberal Arts Majors

This is good news for liberal arts majors. It means their skills are highly necessary. The truth is, we still need human skills. They’re irreplaceable. The skills you learned in college are relevant, and companies need them. If you can size up technical information, connect the dots and write about it,  businesses need you. No matter how technical the world becomes, we will always need people to explain things well.

From selling a product, to sharing a company’s vision, businesses need people who can gain other people’s support.  They need humans who can interperet numbers and explain them. Consumers need people who can explain software in a way they can understand. Companies always need to tell a story, and they need people to do it.  Whether it’s to get buy-in on a project, motivate someone to do their best work, or persuade someone to do something, human communication still matters. 

In the book, The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education, George Anders explains how the tech sector is creating new opportunities for liberal arts types. In August 2017, The New York Times elaborated on this trend. Read on to learn more.

Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.

According to both Anders and Stross, the ever-expanding tech sector is now producing career opportunities in fields – project management, recruitment, human relations, branding, data analysis, market research, design, fund-raising and sourcing, to name some – that specifically require the skills taught in the humanities.

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