Maybe Future EHS Pros Should Get Liberal Arts Degrees?

I’ve long held that a significant gap in EHS training and education is the lack of business skills and knowledge. This gap only increases the separation of EHS from “normal” lines of business and solidifies the “add-on” perspective of safety.

However, George Anders, author of “You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education”, counters with a perspective of a more generalized education, and his ideas strike to the heart of success in EHS.

Anders offers five points as to why a liberal arts education might make one more successful in their career. There are striking similarities to the necessary qualities of top-tier EHS pros.

  1. A willingness to go explore something new. Anders writes that most people just want to be told what to do.
  2. The ability to analyze a problem, peel it apart and gather necessary facts.
  3. Work up nonobvious solutions to complex problems.
  4. Read the room. What’s on other people’s minds?
  5. Communicate persuasively.

What would you add to traditional EHS education and training? And what would you subtract?

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