By: Career Services
What is a liberal arts education? Recently, a Career Services staff member spent time with a First-Year Seminar class discussing this question and more. When asked to explain the meaning of a liberal arts education, the students responded:
Why will having a liberal arts education be a benefit to employers? How would you articulate that to an employer in an interview? These same students responded:
Because it is increasingly difficult to stand out in the job search process due to the overwhelming number of applications organizations receive, it is important for students to showcase and articulate what sets them apart from the crowd. A liberal arts education offers students countless opportunities to develop the skills that are highly sought by employers. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top skills sought by employers have stayed virtually the same for the last decade.
The benefit of a liberal arts education is that your son/daughter will work on projects and experience situations where he/she develops these skills. They just happen to be the same skills that define what a liberal arts education provides. The biggest challenge is helping students learn how to articulate these strengths and provide specific examples from their related experiences (e.g. internships, volunteer experiences, student employment, study abroad, summer jobs, etc.) of when they've demonstrated them. Over winter break, we ask that you engage in a discussion with your son/daughter, regardless of whether he/she is a first year, sophomore, junior or senior, and talk about the value of a liberal arts education. It will not only help them to better understand and appreciate the education they are receiving, but will give them practice that will make them more successful in selling their skills when they interview for internships, jobs, graduate school or volunteer opportunities.
For more information, visit: http://www.csbsju.edu/Career/Students/ExploringMajors/Market-your-Liberal-Arts-Education.htm .