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How the Humanities Can Train Entrepreneurs

Sunday, October 01, 2017

It's not as simple as profit and loss anymore.  Business, meet your best new partner: the humanities.

Today's employers increasingly see the value of a broad, informed perspective in state-of-the-art education of future business leaders.  The ability to communicate both orally and in writing, across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, forms a solid foundation on which to develop enterprise. Even more so, this has never been truer than in today's highly interconnected, globally-focused business environment. 

History; languages; philosophy all fall into the category of humanities and correpond to the kind of human experience-oriented thinking that primes students for fields of business.

Employers value prospective hires who bring in collaboration skills that bridge cultures, as well as an ability to communicate across points of view and experiences.   According to many employers, these are among the skills that mark attractive candidates not only because they support collaboration, but also cross-pollination of thought that has the potential for innovative approaches.  The ability to think critically informs business practices that go way beyond crunching numbers.  While business will always be about profit and loss,  today's paradigm is built on much more than just the quantitative.

Click here to read about how one Canadian university is incorporating this newly-evolved perspective into their curriculum.

Marla Platt, M.B.A. is an independent college consultant based in Sudbury, MA through AchieveCoach College Consulting, providing personalized guidance to students and families throughout the college planning, search and admissions process. Marla is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and can be reached via

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