Adaptability, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, oral and written communication, and cultural fluency are just a few of the skills gained from Excelsior’s liberal arts programs. Not so coincidentally, these skills are among those most highly sought by employers. Ideal job candidates are not only fluent in the job specific hard skills, but also ethical team members, problem solvers, and strong leaders. While the career paths for liberal arts graduates more often take the shape of a winding road than that of a straight path, it is not due to a lack of prospects, but the breadth of opportunities available to those who possess these key employability skills.
As November was National Career Development Month, we in Career Services celebrate how valuable these skills are in today’s workforce. You don’t have to take our word for it, we have video proof! CandidCareer.com, an organization that provides informational career videos, interviewed professionals in a variety of industries to highlight “7 Ways a Liberal Arts Degree Prepares You For a Job.” We also worked with Candid Career to feature the diverse careers of some alumni who earned degrees in the liberal arts:
Viondette Lopez, Trade Policy Director, USDA
Mark Bowman, Aerospace Engineer, NASA
Tom Hoeg, Policy Analyst, NYS Child & Family Services
Rather than restricting yourself to thinking about what you are limited to doing with your degree, open yourself to all possibilities and the mindset of, what can’t you do!
For more information about this and other career development topics, visit the Career Center and be sure to visit CandidCareer.com