Forget the war on liberal arts! Liberal arts majors can make successful college majors. Follow the basic rules of a good career decision and plan ahead with these 10 actions recommended by The Career Key Blog: Make Liberal Arts A Successful College Major Choice. Key points are highlighted below:
- “Crossover to lesser known fields to develop skills and knowledge from business, finance, computer proficiency, and statistics. You can do that through volunteer work, coursework, and internships. No excuses anymore – MOOCs make it possible to take free classes on your own time without the penalty of poor grades on your transcript;
- Combine an arts and humanities major with another more technical, career-oriented major that interests you in a growth industry like healthcare or information technology;
- Use LinkedIn Alumni to help broaden your knowledge about what graduates with liberal arts majors are doing with their degree. I guarantee you’ll get some ideas;
- Decide on whether to go to graduate school with particular career goals in mind, based on real research based on informational interviews with current grad students and grad school grads, not hearsay.
- Begin networking as soon as possible. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to “be someone” to network. It is also not limited to job search – in fact, it’s better to network before you need a job. Bonus: you’ll simultaneously strengthen Foundation Skills.
- Make sure you are taking advantage of all the career services and academic advising resources your college or university offers. I see a few complaints about what schools don’t do to help graduates. But the reality is, many students don’t take advantage of available services, they let one dissatisfying experience stop their momentum, OR they don’t take the initiative.”