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A liberal arts education provides its graduates with the academic and leadership skills to make them valuable employees in the workplace, particularly long-term as managers and leaders.  The core skills of the liberal arts education such as critical thinking, problem solving, writing, oral communication, and cross-disciplinary analysis make liberal arts graduates adaptable and creative in the ever-changing workplace. The below articles featuring colleagues from our member schools address the value of the liberal arts in the workplace.

For press inquiries, contact Stacy Bingham, Executive Chair, Liberal Arts Career NetWORK.

Employers want liberal arts grads.

Emma Whitford (November 13, 2018).  Inside Higher Ed.  

Utlizing data from a new report by Emsi, a labor market analytics firm, and the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, may help colleges translate what students are learning in a liberal arts curriculum into what employers need and want in an ever-changing economy.

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As humanities majors decline, colleges try to hype up their programs.

Jeffrey Selingo (November 1, 2018). The Atlantic.

At colleges like Macalester and Grinnell, administrators are looking for ways to re-ignite student interest in the humanities even as post-graduate career plans may be steering them toward STEM majors.

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More colleges are playing the long game.

Kerry Hannon (November 2, 2018).  The New York Times.

In Colgate University’s Benton Hall, the lovely new home for the Center for Career Services, as well as at many other colleges and universities across the country, students are getting access to more highly prioritized career resources and services.

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Vassar College partners with GCSEN Foundation, launching innovative social entrepreneurs internship program.

GCSEN press release (October 30, 2018). Markets Insider.

Vassar College is partnering with the Global Center for Social Entrepeneur Network to launch an internship program which “offers students a meaningful reality-based internship experience utilizing applied learning, within the context of their own community’s business and social needs.”  Sponsored by Vassar’s Office of Student Engagement and Career Development Office, the program will initially be offered to six students but has the capacity to scale up based on demand.

Read more about this initiative here.

Career path intervention-via a MOOC.

Mark Lieberman (October 17, 2018). Inside Higher Ed.

Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of Wesleyan University’s Gorden Career Center, launched an online career course,  Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact, for students contemplating career paths and alumni who want to rethink theirs. She believes this online format will help liberal arts institutions become more practical.

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How to do a better job of preparing students for life after college.

September 10, 2017). The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mark Peltz, Dean of Careers, Life, and Service at Grinnell College, speaks to the need for colleges and universities to revisit the ways in which they have traditionally provided career resources to their students.

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From liberal arts to making a living.

Michael Anft (October 22, 2017 ). The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mark Peltz, Dean of the Center for Careers, Life and Service at Grinnell College and Kimberly Betz, Director of the Career Center at Carleton Collegen share ways they are reaching out to students early and often, offering a variety of experiences to help aid them in making informed academic and career choices.

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When internships don’t pay, some colleges will.

Anemona Hartocollis (November 2, 2017).  The New York Times.

Mindy Dearduff, Dean of Career Development at Macalester College, Emily Griffen, Director of Amherst College’s Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning and Mike Sciola, Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Career Initiatives all discuss how their campuses are using philanthropy and their own funds to subsidize internships at organizations that have a mission of social change or innovation.

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From liberal arts to making a living.

Michael Anft (October 22, 2017 ). The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mark Peltz, Dean of the Center for Careers, Life and Service at Grinnell College and Kimberly Betz, Director of the Career Center at Carleton Collegen share ways they are reaching out to students early and often, offering a variety of experiences to help aid them in making informed academic and career choices.

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How to do a better job of preparing students for life after college.

Mark Peltz (September 10, 2017).  The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mark Peltz, Dean of the Center for Careers, Life and Service at Grinnell College shares how colleges and universities might better engage their students in planning for their future, post-academy life.

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How to get a job of the future with a liberal arts degree?

Rich Bellis (September 30, 2015). Fast Company.

Mary Raymond, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Career Development Center at Pomona College weighs in on the value of a liberal arts education.  Click here to read more.