3. Showcase your skills: Kathleen Powell, director of career exploration and development at Denison University in Ohio, says that the best way for students to tell employers why they're the best candidate is by proving it with examples.
"Examples tell the story of how they conducted research, functioned in an internship, presented at a conference, played a sport, or held a leadership role within a student club or organization," Powell says.
Mitler adds that if a student works on a large research paper, she often encourages them to bring it to the interview so they can better show the employer how they planned and organized the report.
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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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