Value of a Liberal Arts Education
CSB and SJU provide a "liberal arts education." What does that mean? A "liberal arts education" is an education aimed at "creating a life." But, will I be able to get a job? Life, liberal arts, jobs, careers! These are some great topics to think about. Students may wonder at times if their studies have anything to do with the world of work. Should they? Is it the only thing to be thinking about?
We would have our "heads in the sand" if we didn't think about life after CSB/SJU and what kind of work opportunities we may want to pursue. Thinking about the kind of person you want to be, developing a broad set of skills, and creating ideas about the kind of life you want to have is related and just as important. Read on...
Quiz: What do the following CSB/SJU graduates in each list have in common?
Clue: all of the people in List A had the same major; all of the people in List B had the same major.
|Assistant Manager||Marketing Assistant|
|Marketing Executive||National Sales Manager|
|National Recruiter||Human Resource Director|
|Buyer's Assistant||Assistant Store Manager|
|Customer Services Support||Customer Sales and Service Representative|
Answer: The people in List A graduated with a major in Communication;
the people in List B with a major in Management.
How about this list? Try again.
|Reporter||East European Marketing Manager|
|National Director of Sales||Training Operations Manager|
|Human Resource Administrator||Account Executive|
|PC Technical Analyst||Realtor|
Answer: The people in List A graduated with a major in English;
the people in List B graduated with a major in Political science.
As you look at the various lists, it seems interesting that people holding the same undergraduate major could be involved in such diverse occupations as those above. It also seems interesting that graduates from different majors may be working in similar occupations. Well, it all goes back to that broad, liberal arts education you are receiving here at CSB and SJU. Hopefully, you're learning and developing a variety of skills that can be transferred to a variety of settings. We want you to be thinking of your development as a "whole" person, not just what you might do for work.
Let's take a look at some of those skills you're developing:
How does the above list compare with what employers are looking or in today's employee?
Due to the changing nature of the workplace, employers want employees who possess these skills/attributes:
So, what does this all mean? What's the "bottom line"?
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