With STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) being in the all the news stories, is it still possible to get a job, in this techcentric world, with a Liberal Arts degree?
How often has someone said to you, “What kind of job can you get as an English major, other than teaching?”
Surprisingly, many companies are looking for just that – a Liberal Arts major!
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) defines liberal education as “an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills, such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.”
In short, Liberal Arts majors know how to THINK.
More than 75% of employers recommend a liberal arts education for its flexibility, creativity, critical thinking and strong communications skills (AASCU).
Lucy Ewing, in UniversityParent, lists the qualities Liberal Arts majors demonstrate which make them sought after employees:
- Able to Think Critically/Problem Solve
Liberal Arts majors are required to study in a broad array of subjects, giving them the ability to contextualize and to draw from both historical and contemporary sources when facing a problem.
- Able to Communicate Effectively
One of the skills many companies complain about is their employees’ inability to write and to speak well. Liberal Arts majors are required to write extensively and to give oral presentations.
- Ability to Collaborate
Liberal Arts majors are used to smaller classes and seminars where they work in groups and refine their interpersonal skills.
- Able to Access and Synthesize Information
Liberal Arts majors are required to do extensive research. Today’s employers are looking for people who can “just figure it out for themselves,” according to Harvard professor, Tony Wagner (7 Survival Skills – what companies want today).
- Able to Imagine and to be Creative
Liberal Arts majors are exposed to such a wide variety of ideas, they become lifelong learners who seek new ideas and trends. They have developed an interest beyond a single field and enjoy looking for connections between disciplines. They are readers.
As a Liberal Arts major, the job field is more open. You can look into almost any industry for opportunities to build a career.
BTU will keep you from being one of the 80% who fail to find a job upon graduation from college. Success is right around the corner – Why Wait?