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As the mother of a liberal-arts-leaning son, I keep arguing for pairing that with something else. The cross-pollination between disciplines appears to be growing and yielding some pretty awesome innovation.


Stanford University, for instance, forges strong ties between its medical and engineering schools. Artist Harold Cohen for four decades has been combining computer programming and art.


I keep saying foreign language, yes, but paired with computer science or business. Writing? Yes. How about in video games? After all, someone has to develop the story, someone has to do the artwork and it has to be coded. Indeed, coding is on the road to becoming a basic skill along the lines of Microsoft Word.


I was heartened, then, to read this article from Chicago's Tribeca Flashpoint Academy on developing a career in video games. Among its advice: Draw, draw, and draw some more. A recent report from think tank The Center for an Urban Future describes the thriving tech scene in New York as "applying technology to traditional industries" such as fashion, finance and media, the Big Apple's big employers of yore.


I want my son to follow his heart, but employment would be good, too. Maybe he'll find his way among all this mashing up of disciplines. In the meantime, here's some good news for liberal arts majors: A new survey by Millennial Branding and Experience found employers seeking out liberal arts majors almost as much as engineering students - and more than those in finance or accounting.


The Huffington Post quotes the personal branding company's founder and CEO, Jennifer Floren, saying:

Of all the things employers look for when hiring entry-level talent, it's the so-called "soft skills" that are valued most: communication, teamwork, flexibility and positive attitude are by far the most sought-after skills. Employers understand that everything else can be taught, so they look for the most promising raw material to work with.

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