As the world’s economy becomes more technology-driven, increasing numbers of people are choosing STEM degrees in the hopes of future-proofing their career prospects. Earlier this month, a conservative UK think tank even went so far as to suggest that arts degrees were not good value for money and should therefore be scrapped.
That is, frankly, a completely myopic approach to both education and the skills economy. To say that an arts degree such as philosophy is totally useless to someone completely overlooks the transferable skills that can be earned from those types of degrees. John Hearty, the data science manager at Mastercard company NuData Security, is a prime example of this.