Liberal Arts Education: Psychology and Business
When I began my B.A. at Augustana College I never really imagined how useful my liberal arts education would be for me, but more impactful was how useful my degree in psychology would be. (Especially in the world of business where we are actively looking to engage our employees...) Foremost let me say, I work for a Fortune 50 organization with over 125,000 employees globally. I was not a business major, my bachelor’s was not in business, nor did I EVER expect to be working in a large global corporation. (Secretly between us, I always wanted to do ground breaking neuro-psychological research and write. But Life has plans for everyone, and that was not what Life had in store for me.)
A degree in psychology really allows the student to have a strong diversity of thought, which in our global and competitive world is completely necessary in the current state of business. We need more people who are capable of thinking on their own and possess the ability to seek out new information, ideas, and processes. This is what successful psychology majors do. We seek out the un-understood information. We want to know why it works, not just that it works. We want to follow a process, seek out inefficiencies in the processes in which we work and develop effective new processes.
We need diversity of thought and people who can bring differing perspectives and insights to the business climate. So next time you are looking at a resume of a newly graduated student that has a degree in psychology (and not business) keep these things in the back of your mind. What type of talent will I need in the future??? (Because the world is rapidly growing and you need peple who can grow with it…)