4 Tips for Making the Most of Liberal Arts Degrees

Liberal arts grads may have a harder time securing a job after graduation, but it can be done.

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4. Expand your job search: Most English majors don't go on to become novelists, and history majors don't always become history teachers.

Edwin Koc, who wrote the NACE report cited above, states in it that "the objective of a liberal education...is to prepare you broadly for the professional world so that you are prepared to undertake many jobs rather than to be trained to do a specific task."

Powell has seen the myriad of jobs her liberal arts students have attained.

"Because of the breadth and depth of their education, they bring a critical perspective to solutions," she says. "[I see] political science majors being offered positions in consulting firms; English majors landing positions with market research firms; history majors going with investment banks."

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Or, in the case of Romeo, the Fordham graduate, an English major can land at a major publishing company where she helps design book covers. When she graduated, Romeo felt she was qualified for a variety of positions. She applied to jobs related to radio, photo editing, magazines, and secretarial work.

"I feel like I can do so many things," she says of her liberal arts education. "I feel like I'm not stuck in one career path. I could do this for a little while, and maybe change paths. I can own my own business one day."

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