STEM majors don't know how to communicate?

"Often times students with a MSF background have a liberal arts degree and as a result, have strong writing and verbal communication skills. Those softer skills, coupled with a MSF quantitative skill set, make this is a very attractive profile for platforms like ours where we expect our Analysts to be in front of (i.e. interacting with) clients every day." - Sara Moir, Head of Analyst Recruiting at Harris Williams

I think it's false to assume that somehow liberal arts majors have better communication & writing skills just because they're not quantitatively minded. Some of the smartest STEM majors I've met are very good at communicating complex ideas effectively even to an audience with very rudimentary knowledge in what they're talking about. I'm a humanities major myself and have seen enough of my fellow liberal arts majors dressing up their arguments with fluffy language and roundabout logic and taking forever to get to their conclusions, if there even is one at all. What's this deal with equating weak numeracy with strong soft skills?

On the other hand, have you met any liberal arts majors who are naturally talented with numbers but didn't choose to go the STEM route?

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Sep 5, 2019

Yes, I have met both types of people. However, I went to an engineering school and let me tell you, the stereotypes are mostly there for a reason.

PS: "fluffy language and roundabout logic and taking forever to get to their conclusions, if there even is one at all" welcome to finance

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Sep 5, 2019

You're saying people in finance tend not to be straight shooters?

Sep 5, 2019
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