, This Pandemic Is Influencing Students’ Choice Of Major – But Not In The Way You Might Think, The Nzuchi News Forbes

This Pandemic Is Influencing Students’ Choice Of Major – But Not In The Way You Might Think

, This Pandemic Is Influencing Students’ Choice Of Major – But Not In The Way You Might Think, The Nzuchi News Forbes

It’s no surprise to learn that many students will have reconsidered their choice of college major in the wake of the pandemic.

Economic upheaval, once secure jobs becoming suddenly vulnerable, the importance of good healthcare and the veneration of towards science and research for showing us a way out could all be expected to play a role in students’ decision-making.

But if you thought this would lead to a surge of interest in STEM and health-related majors and away from the liberal arts, you would be mistaken.

Students who say the pandemic has influenced their choice of major are much more likely to opt for foreign languages, liberal arts and ethnic and gender studies than medicine and STEM-related fields.

Around four in 10 of the Class of 21 said the pandemic has influenced their choice of college major, according to a survey for student advice and information site Intelligent.com.

And among these students, there is a clear preference for humanities subjects over science and healthcare.

Students were six times more likely to opt for foreign languages or literature if they said their choice had been affected by the pandemic than those who said it had not influenced them.

The pandemic had also encouraged significantly more students to opt for liberal arts, history, public administration and gender, cultural and ethnic studies.

One possible explanation is that students are wanting to engage with some of the issues thrown up by the pandemic, as well as some of those that have been foregrounded over the past year, such as Black Lives Matter and trans-rights.

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But interest in healthcare and related fields was actually lower among students who said the pandemic was a factor in their choice of major, compared with those who said they disregarded it.

, This Pandemic Is Influencing Students’ Choice Of Major – But Not In The Way You Might Think, The Nzuchi News Forbes

This may be because of the perceived strain that dealing with Covid-19 has put on healthcare workers.

A similar picture was also evident for STEM subjects such as biomedical sciences, engineering and computer and information technology.

Overall interest in STEM fields, however, was slightly up for the Class of 21 compared with the proportion of college degrees conferred in 2018/19.

The biggest winners overall included architecture, legal studies, agriculture and philosophy and religious studies.

And majors which had seen an overall decline in interest included English literature, journalism and parks and recreation.

The findings come as a survey found that just over a quarter (27%) of students in the U.K. said higher education had been value for money during the pandemic, the lowest figure on record.

More than four out of 10 (44%) said their course represented poor or very poor value, with the lack of in-person contact with staff a major issue, cited by more than half of those who said their expectations had not been met.

U.K. universities have largely refused to offer refunds on fees to make up for disruption caused by the pandemic, despite pressure to do so.

The U.K.’s Department for Education also published figures today showing the average earnings for different college subjects five years after graduation.

Medicine and dentistry top the list, not surprisingly, followed by economics, veterinary science and engineering. At the other end of the scale are media and journalism, English studies and performing arts, with creative arts and design bringing up the rear.

Nursing and midwifery graduates were the most likely to be in secure employment five years after graduation, followed by medicine and dentistry and veterinary science. Languages and area studies graduates were the least likely to be employed or in further study.

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