Myth #4: If I get a humanities or liberal arts degree I’ll be “unemployed and unemployable” because I won’t have any marketable skills.
Nope. One recent study suggests, in fact, that over the long haul humanities and social science majors out-earn those who went through professional and pre-professional programs. One reason, suggests Danielle Moss Lee, president and CEO of the Harlem Education Activities Fund, is that many graduates in more practical fields may find their skills are outdated within 5-10 years, while liberal arts students have the chance to invest in skills like writing that will be useful to them throughout their careers. If you’re interested, there are two good arguments for a liberal arts degree here and here.
Myth #5: At some point I’ll have to decide what I want to be when I grow up.
As Mary Schmich said in that awesome Fatboy Slim song: “Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.”