While we often hear stories of programmers becoming CEOs, we rarely hear of people with a communications background doing so. I started my career in financial PR and am now leading a technology start-up. The totally justified reverence we have for science and math can seem like a zero-sum game when it comes to the popular view of the liberal arts, and it is almost unbelievable that Romans (on whose engineering and mapping skills much of Europe still depends) paid more to their rhetoric teachers than to those who taught them arithmetic.
However, those at the top of the power pyramid value a communications background. After all, David Cameron was a PR man and Bill Gates famously said, “If I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on public relations.”
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