Students often find themselves balancing the attempt to follow their dreams and the pressure to be practical. Imagine a first-year student who is passionate about sociology but isn't sure what a career will look like. She ends up settling to study computer science.
How will the development of technology be influenced if it's produced on the basis practicality rather than rooted in innovation? The social sciences provide a path to solving some of the most central challenges in our world (oppression, domination, integration, division etc.) Higher education can take the lead on connecting a multitude of different disciplines. By providing tangible skills and job experience into the curriculum we can begin to build a more intersectional job market. Integrating these different disciplines and combining more specific training experience with a degree could help create new pathways to occupations. We can redefine what is "practical" to study by putting direct skills in with traditional education. What if we made courses more hands on with built in project based curriculum. Imagine what a class like "Non Profit 101" might look like or if having an internship each academic year was built into receiving a degree.
Bellow are a few organizations working with experience/project based learning
Let's break down the limitations that majors can present and focus more on helping students thrive in intersections of their education. This will ultimately aid higher education in making skill-building a main focus.