After Graduation: Where A&S Students Land
One of the most commonly asked questions about programs in the College of Arts & Sciences is: "What type of career will I be able to pursue with a liberal arts degree?"
But before one can adequately address the question, let's consider the opportunities offered to A&S students — from over 80 majors, 29 minors, and 10 certificate programs. A&S students are given the opportunity to:
- read widely and critically
- study the origins and uses of language
- develop high level thinking and writing skills
- hone analytical and decision making skills, and
- learn to synthesize, i.e., bring order out of disorder
Clearly, these transferable skills are useful when seeking employment. Transferable skills and a broad knowledge base make A&S majors extremely attractive to both employers and graduate schools.
A liberal arts degree benefits job-seeking students in these economically uncertain times. People who are intellectually curious, have academic breadth and depth, and have acquired a wide range of skills and knowledge, and are valuable employees. A degree from the College of Arts & Sciences also:
- Promotes flexibility.
- Provides a foundation to work in diverse fields over a lifetime.
- Offers lessons that can be drawn on throughout your student career—and for a lifetime.
The demands of today's economy and the current scarcity of employment opportunities have added to student fears and concerns about life after graduation. But, in fact, a liberal arts degree allows graduates to be flexible, competitive, and fundamentally desirable to a variety of potential employers. Here's why:
- A major is never a guarantee to any particular job -- although there are likely connections.
- Employers want to hire well-rounded employees who can market their skills and accomplishments -- regardless of major.
- Popular jobs today could be obsolete jobs tomorrow.
- The fundamental value of a liberal arts degree is?preparation for the unknown.
What A&S students can do to prepare for employment now and in the future
- Visit the Center for Career and Leadership Development early and often.
- Identify potential career goals.
- Take courses related to your career goals.
- Volunteer or obtain part-time work in your field of interest.
- Earn a leadership certificate by participating in the CLDC Leadership Series. Both a Professional Leadership Certificate and a 21st Century Leadership Certificate are offered.
- Contact alumni who work in your field of interest. Network!
- Arrange for an internship in your field of interest:
Returning to the critical question posed above:
"What type of career will I be able to pursue with a liberal arts degree?"
The answer is simple: whatever career you choose.