A hard-nosed businessperson who made it big, it's no surprise that president Donald Trump proposes budget cuts to the humanities.
It was another hard-nose successful businessperson Henry Ford who declared that history was bunk.
And, after I achieved the status of Ph.D. Candidacy in literature and linguistics, couldn't land a college teaching position and struggled for several years to find an appropriate job beyond the humanities, I also didn't see much value in all that.
Here's my story. I was part of the Lost Generation of Humanities Scholars in the mid 1970s. All those college teaching jobs which were forecasted by the experts weren't created. Once we doctoral students exited denial, we discovered that in the "real world" what we had learned wasn't in great demand by employers. Some even smirked, asking, "Why did you stay in school so long?"
My Millennial clients at public relations agencies tell me that they only had one or two required courses in the humanities. They had never been to a Shakespeare play and had no intention to do so. They had no idea who the character Gatsby was.
Of course, my background in the humanities and having advanced degrees on my resume have been advantages, now and then.
Just this week, I received a plum assignment creating content for online education because of my academic background.
There was also a time in executive communications when allusions to art and quoting artists were standard. I was a star in all that. That was then. Now, those would send the wrong message.
Currently more and more prospects for my services prefer backgrounds in business management, technology and financial services.
Recently a client who is a psychiatrist reviewed the first chapter of a book on an atypical healing method. That client instructed me to remove so many references from the humanities.
In the hierarchy of priorities to advocate for, funding for the humanities is low on my list. At the top is animal rescue.
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