Did you take the right classes in college? Will your major help you get the right job offers? For more than a decade, the national spotlight has focused on science and engineering as the only reliable choice for finding a successful post-grad career. Our destinies have been reduced to a caricature: learn to write computer code or end up behind a counter, pouring coffee. Quietly, though, a different path to success has been taking shape. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING explains the remarkable power of a liberal arts education – and the ways it can open the door to thousands of cutting-edge jobs every week.
The key insight: curiosity, creativity, and empathy aren’t unruly traits that must be reined in. You can be yourself, as an English major, and thrive in sales. You can segue from anthropology into the booming new field of user research; from classics into management consulting, and from philosophy into high-stakes investing. You can bring a humanist’s grace to our rapidly evolving high-tech future. If you know how to attack the job market, your opportunities will be vast.
In this book, you will learn why circling job ads and shipping out your resume is fading in importance and why “telling your story” is taking its place. You will learn how to create jobs that don’t exist yet, and to translate your campus achievements into a new style of expression that will make employers’ eyes light up. You will discover why people who start in eccentric first jobs – and then make their own luck – so often race ahead of peers whose post-college hunt focuses only on security and starting pay. You will be ready for anything.
Utterly fascinating and massively important. George Anders peers into his signature crystal ball, and paints a portrait of the future of work that's as compelling as it is provocative. I can't wait to tell everyone I know to drop what they're doing and read this book.
George Anders may be the best thing that's happened to the humanities and social sciences since the dawn of the modern university. Reporting from the front lines of the 21st century's enigmatic workplace, Anders slays the sacred cow of STEM and shows us precisely why majors like Philosophy, History, and Anthropology teach the skills employers can't outsource to robots and software. With evidence that Silicon Valley 'now hires more liberal arts majors than engineers' and with studies showing 'high-paying, difficult-to-automate jobs increasingly require social skills,' students inclined in those directions should feel not only reassurance or permission but an actual obligation to go there, for their own sake, and for the sake of us all. Bravo to Anders - promises to be a game-changer. I predict tens of thousands of young adults will tell skeptical parents, 'read Anders.'
I could have used this book several times in my life. When I graduated from Northwestern with a degree in linguistics (and all the job prospects attached thereto). When I was one of three unemployed graduates in my Yale Law School class, because I decided that, despite massive student loans, I just couldn't spend my life practicing law. And even today, when I'm the parent of high school junior intent on studying poetry and modern dance in college while her peers joylessly double down on 'practical' subjects. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING will inspire a new generation to greater heights, while delivering a much-needed wake-up call to campus leaders and employers who have been squandering talent for too long. I can't wait to see it in print.