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Thinking about Professions (1/2) 考虑职业(1/2)

(2010-08-19 17:23:33)
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分类: Professions_职业

When considering universities and the whole college application process, many high school students spend a lot of time thinking about jobs, and what job they want to do after graduating. If applying to school within China, then this is obviously an important consideration, but for students looking to study in the United States, this is not nearly as essential. Remember, one of the main advantages of studying in the United States is that what you study does not have to determine what sort of profession you’re suited for. In fact, the ideal of a liberal arts education, from a Western perspective, is to have nothing to do with what job you work in the future. Let me explain.


The thinking behind a ‘liberal arts education’ is that it can give you skills to succeed in any job. Certain skills are important to success in most fields, such as critical thinking, leadership, creativity, strong writing skills and the ability to see a problem from multiple perspectives. Liberal arts education, whether you are taking a class in writing, history, international relations, psychology or even math, aims to instill these skills in a student. In fact, some schools purposefully do not allow classes that are seen as ‘professional’ (Harvard, for instance, does not allow accounting). Out of everyone who graduates from a school like Harvard, only those who become academics will use the facts they learned in school during their work life (for example, Matt, Jason and I studied economics, neurobiology and economics respectively, but none of us economists or doctors). What graduates do use are the soft skills, like critical thinking.


Does this mean those of you applying to the US should not think about your profession? No, but it does mean that you don’t have to stress about it. If you’re not sure what you’re passionate about, don’t worry. There will be a lot of time for you to figure it out. Our next post will deal with important and constructive ways to think about professions.


-Kris克礼



在考虑大学及整个大学申请流程时,许多高中生会花大量的时间考虑工作,以及他们毕业后想从事什么工作。假如是申请一所中国大学,那么这当然是一个重要的考虑因素。但对打算去美国求学的学生而言,这一点则是完全不必要的。要记住在美国上学的主要好处之一就是你的所学并不决定你所适应的职业类型。实际上,从西方的观点来看,理想的自由文理教育与你将来从事的工作毫无关联让我来解释这一点。


“自由文理教育”背后的理念是:它教给你的技能将使你在任何工作中取得成功。某些技能对大多数领域中的成功而言都是重要的,比如critical thinking,领导力,创造力,强大的写作技能以及多角度看问题的能力。自由文理教育的目的是向学生注入这些技能,无论你上的课是关于写作、历史、国际关系,心理学,还是数学。实际上,有些学校有意不开设被认为“职业”的课程(比如,哈佛就不开会计课)。在从像哈佛这样的学校毕业的人里,只有那些成为学者的会在其工作生活中用到其在学校学到的事实(例如,迈潇、杰生和我学的分别是经济学、神经生物学和经济学,但我们没人成为经济学家或医生。)毕业生真正用到的是那些软技能,比如critical thinking。


这是否意味着申请美国大学的你们不应该考虑自己的职业?不,但这的确意味着你并不需要太重视它。假如你对自己的热情所在还不大确定,别担心。会有足够的时间来帮你弄清它。我们的下一篇博文将谈到考虑职业的一些重要的,有建设性的方式。

-克礼

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