The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree

In particular, Arts and humanities students often have a difficult time identifying potential career paths.  Often their choices are influenced by the idea that a liberal arts background is not particularly transferrable and the most obvious next step is teacher’s college, law school or grad school. Although those are three great choices, they are, by no means, your only options.  If you are not passionate and determined to become a teacher or a lawyer, or are not driven by a burning research question that can only be answered by a higher level degree, then these are likely not the best options for you.

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.  In short, they provide leadership. These are exactly the skills and challenges that a liberal arts education prepares you for.

This blog will provide tips, tools, and strategies for students completing a Liberal Arts degree and trying to answer the timeless question, “So, what are you going to do with that?”

Published by lessstressedstudents

Clare Tattersall is the Manager of Undergraduate Services for the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Western Ontario.

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