I like speaking to groups of high school students. Every year, for the past few years, I’ve been invited to one or two. It’s challenging. First, there are the students who I have to find a way to keep awake! Second, and more importantly, there are those who ask insightful questions and keep me on my toes. Those are the ones I prefer!
And, every so often, I get a nice compliment.
A student who was in a group that I addressed a few months back kept my contact information. She now has to start focusing on what her major will be in college and called to ask my opinion.
As I told her, it does not matter what her Major is. What’s important is her Minor. If your Major is not English, your Minor should be.
Whatever you study, STEM or Liberal Arts or anything else, in order to advance you have to be able to speak and write well in English. There is no getting around it. So my advice to all college students is to study and master English. It will be the best investment in your future that you will ever make.
Bruce Hurwitz is an executive recruiter and career counselor. He is the author of Success! As Employee or Entrepreneur and A Hooker’s Guide to Getting a Job: Parables from the Real World of Career Counseling and Executive Recruiting.