If you are anything like me, you have some thinking to do about your future. As my senior year is coming to a close, I am overwhelmed by the thought of the future. Will I be successful? Will I have one of my dream jobs? Who knows?
The future, for most of us, is inventible and scary, but that is okay. The beautiful thing about attending a liberal arts college is that there are endless opportunities at the end of the tunnel for you. A degree in the liberal arts prepares students for not only making a living, but also for life itself. It prepares us for learning and listening, and helps us properly understand our own and other’s humanity.
Supplement a Liberal Arts Degree with a Minor or a Cluster of courses:
If you enjoy writing, but don’t want to go into that career, you might want to think about adding a minor to spruce up your resume. A Psychology major that might have an interest in different forms of psychology could take courses in Human Resource management or Communication to add an edge to their qualifications. A math major might have interest in the stock market and could consider a minor in Finance.
Taking on academic challenges proves that you are a hard worker, and will possibly give you some clarity on what you want to do with your degree.
Make connections while you are still at school:
Connections are everything, and they might help you more than your degree will. If you are thinking of applying to a large company and you don’t know anyone, you don’t really have the upper hand. If you have connections or relations in the company, you might have a better chance of scoring an interview.
You will have a strong sense of social responsibility and practical skills:
Many people in your life will think you are stupid for wasting so much time and money on an education you might not use, but a Liberal Arts degree prepares you for many aspects of life; the bad, the ugly, and also the good. When you are finished with your degree, you will have a better understanding of the world around you and the people that inhabit it. You should also have strong communication skills, analytical, and problem-solving abilities. This will help you apply knowledge and skills in real-world situations.
Liberal Arts education benefits:
Students who study liberal arts go on to become business leaders, teachers, artists, politicians, and so much more. The biggest benefit of a liberal arts education is versatility. This education creates a strong foundation for you in the real world, and for your future. In my experience, I have picked up skills that I didn’t even know I needed, and now I can’t imagine life without them. I have been taught a wide variety of adaptable skills that will help me to appeal to many types of employers.
The gravy of it all is that you can do almost anything with a Liberal Arts degree. Jobs for liberal arts majors might include becoming a journalist, curating a museum, marketing products, and becoming a professor. The opportunities are endless, you just have to have an open mind and strong sense of hope and confidence in yourself.