Welcome Back U of M Students – 7 Classes to Consider, Regardless of Your Major
Students are definitely back in town! We went to Target for school supplies tonight and there was a very long line to check out, lots of Griz shirts in line for rugs, shelving, tiny microwaves and all the things you need to make a dorm room feel like home. We wondered to each other if the return of the students might help the staffing shortage for businesses around town.
Anyway, I was reading a New York Post article this morning that I whole heartedly agreed with. They were talking about college classes that are beneficial to anyone, no matter what your major is, or will be. A bunch of experts offered their opinions and came up with the following, the thought being to cover a wide range of skills that are valuable in general.
- Intro to programming, or coding. I feel like this is beneficial in helping you avoid always having to hunt down IT for problems you can solve yourself, saving you time at work.
- Marketing or branding. <<<<<THIS! 100% absolutely. Whether you're promoting yourself in trying to get jobs, or, you become an entrepreneur, marketing skills are so useful. I love marketing. And when you are a business owner with no talent in marketing, it's glaringly obvious to your customers and clients.
- Graphic design. Knowing how to use things like Photoshop can help in most jobs, even if it has nothing to do with your major. And you can be the jerk who does the Photoshop pranks on your friends and fam.
- Intro to statistics. Basic knowledge of stats is never a bad thing, especially in 2021, everything is based on stats stats stats.
- English. Getting better at writing and communication is important no matter the job.
- Personal finance. Honestly, this should be required in high school, but it's not too late to take it in college.
- And one that wasn't in the NY Post and is just my personal suggestion for U of M students, History of Rock & Roll (MUSI 132L). Nearly 1,000 students take this very popular course each year, instructed by Jeff Brandt. Some knowledge of popular music could make you more interesting and relatable, and that's never a bad thing when building professional relationships.