Achieving Professional Success With a Degree in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

By Kate Szumanski

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University are often told that they can do and be anything, that with their excellent liberal education, they can work any job, excel at it, and be paid well for it.

Strong evidence suggests that this and more are true.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) released a report in January 2014 on earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with different undergraduate majors.

In How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment, authors Debra Humphreys and Patrick Kelly analyze data from the 2010-11 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and provide answers to some common questions posed by students, parents, and policy makers who are increasingly concerned about the value of college degrees.

Their findings are reassuring:

  • Liberal arts majors close earnings gaps—earn more than professional majors at peak earnings ages
  • Unemployment rates are low for liberal arts graduates—and decline over time
  • Liberal arts graduates disproportionately pursue social services professions
  • Many liberal arts and sciences majors also attain graduate and professional degrees and experience significant earnings boosts when they do
  • Graduate and professional degrees provide earning boosts for all; largest boost for science and math majors and smallest boost for professional majors

The report argues that “whatever undergraduate major they may choose, students who pursue their major within the context of a broad liberal education substantially increase their likelihood of achieving long-term professional success.”

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, and in the Office of Undergraduate Students, we teach our students – liberally educated young adults – to be adaptable, nimble, and flexible students and professionals.

We want our students to realize their full potential, to discover their passions and to pursue them with relentless determination. Maybe it’s through an internship. Maybe it’s through a professional development course. Maybe it’s through one of our many professional development events. Discovering who you are and what your impact can be should help define your Villanova journey.

I encourage students to visit the Office for Undergraduate Students in SAC 107 often. Discover who you are and who you are meant to be. Let our office of dedicated professionals help you on your journey of discovery.

Kate Szumanski, ’95, ’97, is the associate director for experiential education in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Follow her on Twitter @KateSzumanski.  

Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities – 11/13

Virtual Career Fair Date: Nov. 13, 2014
Are you a person with a disability…
looking for a career opportunity or internship?

This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. This is a great opportunity for College Students & College Grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation including American Transmission Co., ANSYS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Enterprise Holdings, Epic, Genentech, KLA-Tencor, Lexmark, Verizon, & other Excellent Employers!

Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS LOOKING TO HIRE
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

  • Access opportunities within a wide range of careers.
  • Chat with employers across the nation
  • Public and private sector opportunities

INTERVIEW WITH EASE

  • Participate from the comfort of your home,
    your dorm room or your favorite coffee shop!
  • Discuss careers and internships with multiple employers
  • End-to-end accessible technology platform

CAREER FAIRS WITH LESS HASSLE

  • Save time and money.
  • No business suit or travel required
  • No printed out resumes necessary

Register at www.careereco.com/register/disability

Virtual Career Fair Event: IBM Career Exploration…Make a Difference

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For students attempting to venture beyond the template offered by standard career fairs, IMB brings a virtual career exploration event (that just so happens to be tablet friendly as well). The event will take place next Tuesday, October 22 from 1-5 PM. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of IBM career opportunities, may actually sharpen their technical expertise, and learn more about properly grooming their social media prescience. The details are listed below for your edification, as is a link with even more specific information.

On behalf of IBM North America University Recruitment, we cordially invite you to participate in IBM Career Exploration…Make a Difference, a virtual event experience, which will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, between 1:00 PM EST to 5:00 PM EST.

Students can expect an exciting environment that will fully unleash their potential and help build the career they want. By participating in this experience, attendees will have the opportunity to join a tablet friendly, easy to navigate, online platform will allow students to engage in conversations with current IBMers (executives, experts, recruiters) and explore Information Booths, Careers Fairs and network with other students.  

  • Hear from and interact with leading experts in a wide range of fields
  •  Explore career development and continuing education programs at IBM
  •  Understand how to build and apply expertise and expand their networks
  •  Learn how to best position themselves in a highly competitive job market

Attendees will be given the opportunity to apply for open positions and internship opportunities at IBM and learn how they can build their digital eminence in social media. We do encourage you to sign up even if you are not able to join this live event, so you can access the content at your leisure.  

For more information about the program, click HERE.