The Liberal Arts Experience

Choosing your academic area (major) is just a starting point. Supplementing your major with highly desirable skills is what helps to set you apart and makes you “marketable” to employers.

In a recent survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that employers most value three skills that are usually acquired through a liberal arts education:

    • Communication skills
    • Teamwork skills
    • Analytical skills

Here are some articles that bear witness to these ideas

Are You Career Ready?
Learn what competencies employers are seeking in new hires
https://www.montclair.edu/provost/news/article.php?ArticleID=15507

“11 Reasons to Major in the Humanities”
http://www.businessinsider.com/11-reasons-to-major-in-the-humanities-2013-6

“Can Liberal Arts Majors Really Do Anything?”
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/career-transitions/200912/can-liberal-arts-majors-really-do-anything

You see, it’s not so much the major, but what skills and abilities you build around it that is the “selling point” to the employer.

So, “How do I develop skills?” you may ask. You develop skills and confidence through volunteer work; if you hold an office or serve on committees in clubs and organizations; perhaps you’ve had group projects in some of your classes.  You develop skills through internships, part-time and full-time employment.