How do the liberal arts prepare you for life after college?
This is a natural question that many students (and their parents!) ask when they begin college and again when graduation approaches. If you’re wondering this, you’re not alone.
Think about it … the student majoring in, say, accounting or nursing is undoubtedly anticipating a career as a practicing accountant or nurse, and needs no explanation of what he or she can do with the degree. But many students who major in the liberal arts do not plan on careers related directly to their degree. They’ve studied their chosen subject because of their passion for it, but upon graduation will begin careers in business or management or some other field … and that’s normal.
Study of the liberal arts prepares you for a career by instilling those attributes that employers repeatedly say they want when they hire college graduates – the intellectual skills of critical thinking, analysis of information, and effective expression of ideas. In this sense, the liberal arts provide the ultimate job training. The liberal arts prepare you not just for landing that first job, but for your promotion in a few years … and for your second and third jobs. Evidence indicates that today’s college graduates will have multiple careers before they retire – that is, careers that are distinct from each other, complete switches from one to the next. Focus on the intellectual skills you gain through your studies – in precision of thought and communication – and then seek a career in a field that you care about, and don’t limit your plans by thinking that you have to find something related to your major.
Dream big, find something you have passion about, and then pursue your dreams with the confidence that your studies have given you a firm foundation for building your future!
An education in the liberal arts offers great freedom in choice of careers. See what some of our graduates are now doing … and please check back periodically as we update our references.
Valerie Maholmes, Director of the Social/Affective Development, Child Maltreatment and Violence Research Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute, Child Health and Human Development, thre National Institutes of Health – ’80 English major
Paul Huegel, President, Somerset Medical Center Foundation – ’83 English major
Piera Accumanno, Vice President of Political Activities, Deutsch Bank – ’92 English major
Theresa Concepcion, litigation associate attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, Philadelphia – ’04 English major
Kaitlin Hoesch, Executive Director and Special Projects Manager, the Pentagon Memorial Fund – ’10 French major
Kurt Keena, now pursuing a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Montclair State University – ’13 Linguistics and Spanish double major
Sal M. Anderton, private practice attorney and loca township elected official – ’95 Political Science and Philosophy double major
Keyla Silva, Founder and Executive Director, the non-profit IndaCares – ’10 Psychology major
Jennifer Ocampo, now serving in the Peace Corps – ’13 Sociology major