Skills of humanities, social science grads in demand: PPF Report

Humanities and social science programs develop skills that are increasingly valued by employers, a new study jointly conducted by the Future Skills Centre, the Public Policy Forum and the Diversity Institute has found.

 At the same time, increased co-operation among universities, governments and business can enhance how graduates use these skills to grow their careers and raise their companies’ productivity.

 “Leveraging the Skills of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates” is the last in a series of eight research papers examining how Canadian employees, business and governments are preparing for the jobs of the future.

The first study in the series, released earlier this month, argued that projections related to the impact of automation and other economic changes on employment are uncertain. But economists do agree that the employees who will be in high demand are those with the foundational skills that allow them to adapt and engage in continuous learning.

The latest study on the employment outlook for social sciences and humanities graduates finds that these grads are well-equipped to adapt to the future, but also recommends strengthening the pathways between postsecondary education and careers for grads in these fields to make the most of their capabilities.

Here are four key takeaways:

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