Students studying Folklore and Ethnology, Classics and Classical Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Renaissance Studies, and other humanities disciplines will be thrilled to read this post. Tony Golsby-Smith says hiring people with backgrounds in humanities can be good for your organization.
People trained in the humanities who study Shakespeare’s poetry, or Cezanne’s paintings, say, have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be analyzed in conventional ways.
According to the author, workers who studied subjects in the humanities are good at dealing with complex and ambiguous situations, can provide out-of-the box thinking, have strong communication skills, and have strong interpersonal skills, leading to increased customer and employee satisfaction.
This may help explain why the Faculty of Medicine at my alma mater, McGill University, used to actively recruit students from the Faculty of Music and other departments. (RN)
Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities | Harvard Business Review | Tony Golsby-Smith | 31 March 2011