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A liberal arts education nurtures skills and talents increasingly valued by modern corporations.

Today’s companies function in a state of constant flux. To survive and thrive, modern corporations need employees that are adaptable, can think on their feet, see things from numerous perspectives and are able to communicate, reason, create, write and speak – for multiple purposes and to multiple audiences. These are exactly the skills and challenges that a liberal arts education prepares you for.

In addition to the skills that our students develop in the classroom there are numerous other skills that they develop through extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and volunteer. However, far too often students come into our Career Services Office feeling like they have very little to offer. Many seem to think that a university degree should be vocational training. Rather, what we do in a liberal arts degree is teach you to think, reason, deduce, problem-solve, and communicate. We do not train you for one specific career, we train you for numerous, diverse and ever-changing roles; a much better preparation for the realities of today’s work environment than a focused vocational training.

So what are some of the transferable skills that a liberal arts degree equips you with?

Communications: Speaking effectively, writing concisely, listening attentively, expressing ideas clearly, facilitating discussion, providing appropriate feedback, negotiating, perceiving non-verbal messages, reporting information, and editing

Research and Planning: Gathering information, forecasting, predicting, identifying and solving problems, developing ideas and alternatives, organizing, and setting goals

Human Relations: Developing rapport, active listening, providing support for others, motivating, sharing credit, group work, and cooperation

Organization, Management and Leadership: Initiating new ideas, paying attention to details, managing groups, decision making, managing conflict, coordinating tasks, teaching, and coaching

General Work Skills: Being punctual and reliable, managing time, meeting goals, accepting responsibility, setting and meeting deadlines

All of these skills are in great demand in today’s job market.

For further information on the value of a liberal arts education check out some of these resources:

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace, Edward J Ray, President of Oregon State University, Article from the Huffington Post, July 24th 2013.

Critics of the Liberal Arts Are Wrong, Annette Gordon-Reed, Time Magazine, June 19th, 2013