Work It!: The Power of the Humanities in the Workplace

hand 240_F_105967503_ydaV2aPRKYFFN7sKJBMk8OCSnqj23ByrAt the first of several English+ workshops, Dr. Rowan encouraged students to learn now how to articulate for others (and themselves) the value of what they can do. To that end, he shared three core competencies that every student in the College of Humanities should acquire during their undergraduate education:

1) Communicate Effectively (Write Critically and Speak Persuasively)
2) Synthesize Ideas (Gather and Interpret Information)
3) Navigate Cultures (Cultural Literacy and Language Proficiency)

Dr. Rowan suggested that students must figure out while they are still in school how to translate these Humanities competencies into the kind of professional competencies that employers will recognize. These professional competencies, as enumerated in English 399R/HCOLL 399R course that interns take, are as follows:

1) Establish Expectations
2) Project Management
3) Build Cultural Competence
4) Develop Successful Professional Relationships
5) Contribute to Effective Teams
6) Communicate Effectively
7) Make Sense of Data

Dr. Rowan closed by sharing two examples of students who, during last year’s English Symposium, talked in intelligent and persuasive ways about the power of the humanities in the workplace. See these and other five-minute student talks edited and compiled by the English Society here.