#348 The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education with George Anders

Hour one this week featured a very rare occurrence on the Jill on Money show.  In seven years it may have been just the second or third time that we kept one caller on for three segments! Sue from the Bay Area was so fascinating we just couldn't let her go.  She and her husband did an amazing job of saving for retirement and now they're near the finish line and aren't quite sure what to do now that the accumulation phase is winding down.  And whatever it is they do, do they need a financial planner? Such a great call!

So often on this show we field questions from recent grads with insane amounts of student loan debt. Sometimes it’s enough debt to wreck a life.

There’s enough blame to go around, but so often it’s a case of students feeling the pressure to go to fancy, high priced colleges to study what seems like an obscure major. But before you think that I am about to argue that every able-bodied student should be studying for a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field, read on...

Let me pose a question. What is wrong with a well-rounded liberal arts degree? A degree, which I might add, can be earned at countless reasonably priced colleges.

George Anders, our guest this week in hour two makes a strong case in his recently released book, You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or know how to write computer code to succeed in today’s work environment.

When you really think about it, it’s amazing how many doors a so called “useless” liberal arts education can open.

As George says, you can be yourself, as an English major, and thrive in sales. You can segue from anthropology into the booming new field of user research; from classics into management consulting, and from philosophy into high-stakes investing. At any stage of your career, you can bring a humanist’s grace to the rapidly evolving high-tech future.

If you’ve got kids starting the college application process, who are resisting calls to declare a STEM major or if you’re thinking about furthering your education by going to grad school, listen to this interview before making any decisions.

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