Market your Liberal Arts Education

Let's take a look at some of those skills you're developing:

  • Effective communication through speaking, writing, and listening
  • Research and investigation
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Human relations and interpersonal skills
  • Sense of social responsibility and ethical sensitivity
  • Approach problem solving in an interdisciplinary manner
  • Are flexible and adaptable
  • Possess the ability to learn
  • Possess the ability to work on a team

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:

  • Able to write and speak well
  • Possess a cultural awareness
  • Display values and ethics
  • Have work experience or an internship
  • Able to work on a team
  • Are flexible and adaptable
  • Know how to learn
  • Show initiative
  • Have the ability to translate one's background into a work setting
  • Have the ability to change tasks
  • Can deal with and resolve complex issues
  • Possess an essential knowledge base and an ability to apply their knowledge practically in the workplace.

So, what does this all mean? What's the "bottom line"?

  • You are learning skills that will be transferable to a variety of occupations and situations.
  • You will need to be able to articulate what skills you're learning from your academic major as well as other experiences.
  • Don't get caught up with the stereotypes that exist about what you can do with your major.  From the quizzes above, you know that graduates with one major can work in a variety of occupations.  There isn't always a direct relationship between major and career.
  • Use this formula to help you: M + W = E. Your major + work experience = increased chances of finding employment.

For more information, check out:

  • CANE (Career Alumnae/i Networking) files of alumnae/ni available in both Career Resource Centers.
  • What can I do with a major in...? section of our website which gives examples of alumnae/ni and their occupations for each major.