Liberal Arts students have many of the skills that employers are desperately seeking, such as: writing, research, critical analysis, and time management.
In addition to the skills that you have developed in the classroom there are numerous other skills that you develop through extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, volunteer work etc.
Although you have the skills that employers are looking for, I find far too often that students come into my 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, 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 todays work environment than a focussed vocational training.
So what are some of those transferrable skills?
Communications: speaking effectively, writing concisely, listening attentively, expressing ideas clearly, facilitating discussion, providing appropriate feedback, negotiating, perceiving non-verbal messages, reporting information, editing. . .
Research and Planning: gathering information, forecasting, predicting, identifying and solving problems, developing ideas and alternatives, organizing,setting goals. . .
Human Relations: Developing rapport, listening, providing support for others, motivating, sharing credit, group work, cooperating. . .
Organization, Management and Leadership: Initiating new ideas, paying attention to details, managing groups, decision making, managing conflict, coordinating tasks, teaching, 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.