Rebecca Lewis Smith, co-founder of Fountain Partnership explains why employers should not give up on the arts.
"Between a drama graduate and a philosopher, you wouldn’t necessarily expect enterprise and job creation – and yet here we are, running a successful and growing company.
So what it is about arts, humanities and social science degrees that create the type of graduates that are interesting to employers? One of the key aspects is to do with a passion for learning. If you have spent three years immersed in American Studies, English Lit or History, you’re likely to have been following a passion.
When Marcus chose philosophy or I chose drama, it wasn’t about saying ‘I don’t want a career from this’ – it was about taking higher education as just that; a higher level of investigation, critical thinking and learning, rather than a direct path to a job.
Any new team member in our business needs to be someone who is ‘lit up’ by learning – an absolutely crucial element of our fast-paced industry.
This might include learning core principals of business, but it will also be about finding out about our clients, researching and writing about their industries and helping us to gain an understanding of the target audiences we are reaching out to.
We also want someone who enjoys the challenge of creative problem solving. We don’t need someone to simply apply a theory to our business – we need people who will engage with the problem at hand, investigate different ways of solving it and, where necessary, push boundaries in order to find a resolution."
Read the entire article at the Eastern Daily Press.
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