Is there future in HUMSS?

Many people say that if you want to become useful in the future, go for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) strand in senior high school. But wait, we seem to be missing something. The Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand holds a great promise, too. Sadly, not everyone can see it.

HUMSS as a strand involves liberal arts and social sciences. It covers a wide range of disciplines: from psychology, political science, and philosophy to communication, literature, and linguistics. Although many people think that students who take up this strand just “wants to avoid math,” it actually covers the same subject in its program. So, to take up HUMSS is not just about avoiding some subjects; it’s about being holistically fine-tuned.

The limiting mentality that HUMSS graduates have no other future besides being a lawyer or politicians—which, by the way, is an erroneous claim—has become a popular opinion among many people. This opinion is an invalid one as there’s a whole world of opportunity for HUMSS graduates. The following are the possible careers that a HUMSS graduate can embrace:

  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Psychologist
  • Author/writer/editor
  • Politician
  • Criminologist
  • Journalist
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Historian
  • Linguistic anthropologist
  • Museum curator
  • Physical anthropologist
  • Sociologist
  • Political scientist

The list is inexhaustive. There are many other fulfilling careers that await a HUMSS graduate. Remember that opportunities for maturity and professional growth are not only given to STEM and ABM graduates because careers in HUMSS, just as in any other strand in senior high school, are critically important in the society.

So, let me say this once and for all: just because you’re into HUMSS doesn’t mean there’s no good future waiting for you. And you can be as useful as you want to become because being useful is not about choosing a certain path that the society prescribes. It’s about how you toiled to reach the end of your own chosen path.

About the author: Paul Baloja

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