Develop 5 key traits with the Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences.

If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that the world is fast-changing, complex, and globally connected. Many of us are finding out the hard way that you need a lot of flexibility to adjust and grow during these uncertain times. There are new problems to solve at work and at home.

Simply put, we’ve all had to challenge our mindset to some degree and adapt to a new way of doing things. It’s not exactly a comfort zone — far from it — but transforming your thinking and developing new skills is critical, now more than ever. In fact, experts say that in the post-coronavirus world, skills such as adaptability, creative and innovative problem solving, data literacy, and critical thinking will be in high demand. These are some of the very traits developed in the online Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) program.

The 5 traits you need — and how MAAS develops them

The foundation of the MAAS program is applied learning. Instructors emphasize learning that is hands-on, project-based and interactive. You’ll choose problems at work or in the world around you to tackle in your online courses, giving you practical experience that reinforces your learning.

Here are the traits MAAS develops and what you can expect to gain from each one:

  1. Intellectual Curiosity: In order to solve the right problems, you have to dig deep and make sure you’re asking the right questions. Courses such as Design Thinking will teach you to take risks by using a human-centered approach to innovation.
  2. Integrative Thinking: Today’s employers want workers who can see the big picture, identify problems, recognize patterns, and make imaginative leaps based on those patterns. Courses such as Systems Thinking and Understanding Data are designed to build these in-demand skills.
  3. Intercultural Competence: Do you know how to collaborate with someone in another part of the world — or even in another part of your organization? MAAS offers a number of courses with a global focus, which challenge you to see the world from a new perspective and become a stronger communicator and collaborator.
  4. Adaptability: After a spring where our worlds were turned upside down, it’s hard to overstate the importance of adapting to change. Employers are looking for those who are flexible, resilient, and can find solutions in unexpected places. MAAS emphasizes adaptability through its focus on identifying real-world problems, making connections, and finding innovative solutions.
  5. Empathy: Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is an important life skill. Effective leaders rely on empathy to read the room and better understand their employees and customers. MAAS courses focused on human rights, social justice, and the human experience help students explore issues with empathy.

Together, these five traits can help you solve problems at your current job and prepare you for the next step in your career.

It’s time to invest in your future

We don’t have to tell you the world is changing, so it’s smart to consider how you can upgrade your skills. Graduate school can open new doors, and with a trusted online program like MAAS, you can earn your master’s from home — and learn to think like your future depends on it.

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