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Future of Work

The Future of Work

Automation, digitalization and data have already begun to transform business and society and change how people work. Everyone, from entry-level accountants and nurses to geologists and industrial operations managers, is asked to gain a 360-degree understanding and to respond strategically. 

Employers look for more than talent and skills, they screen for temperament — for college graduates who bring the maturity and resiliency required to adapt quickly and handle change.

Benedictine Perspective

As a Benedictine community, Saint Vincent College prepares young people to engage in life in a resilient and courageous way. We model what it means for your words to match your actions and to be accountable.

Knowing who you are takes practice: imagine the next four years as time to make and meet commitments, overcome doubt, bounce back from disappointments and claim a hard-earned and authentic self-confidence.


Corporations and organizations increasingly recognize a simple truth about work and productivity: people are motivated at the highest levels when they can connect their effort, gifts and energy to a common good. Helping young people find purpose remains a hallmark of the Saint Vincent College mission.

Learning: Advantage Bearcats

Large public universities emphasize skills and credentials at the expense of core learning. Saint Vincent College sees learning itself as a skill. By fulfilling core learning requirements, you move toward your career with stronger learning muscles.

Think Beyond Your First Job

Saint Vincent College sees your future as far more than landing a great first job. Data shows that while business and engineering graduates earn more initially, humanities graduates close the earning gap over time. In all cases, the goal is becoming a fully reflective professional — a curious learner and competent leader that others trust.

Research shows that hiring managers value clear writing/speaking, critical thinking, ethical judgment, working effectively in teams, and the real-world application of skills and knowledge. In other words, the things that you gain from a liberal arts education — the ability to be more creative, more adaptable, and more able to communicate your ideas to others — are essential in the workplace. Such an education prepares students to earn not just a living but to pursue a meaningful life.

—Margaret Watkins, Dean, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Data produced by our fast-growing digital world is quickly becoming a key source of competitive advantage. Business education must be dynamic and adapt to the evolving needs of markets to provide college graduates with sought after skill sets. We’ve added a cutting-edge business data analytics major with courses that complement all business majors: accounting, finance, marketing, international business, economics, and management.

—Gary Quinlivan, Dean, Alex G. Mckenna School of Business

We see most vividly in the race to a Covid-19 vaccine a new era of data-intensive science. We prepare students for this future by laying a strong foundation in science and mathematics, along with core courses that give our graduates an agile approach to problem solving. Finally, we incorporate experience — hands-on laboratory work with cutting-edge instrumentation — that matures and polishes collaborative and problem-solving skills.

—Stephen M. Jodis, Ph.D., Dean, Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing

82% & 75%

of executives and hiring managers believe that it is very important or absolutely essential for individuals today to complete a college education.

(Source: Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work)


of future data collection/processing and repeated physical labor will be automated — while only 10 percent of people management and strategic thinking will be impacted by automation.

(Source: Transitions in the Age of Automation: McKinsey Global, 2019)


of American CEOs see the need to upgrade their company’s skills.

(Source: Closing the Skills Gap Report, Cornerstone, 2020)