Liberal Arts are often misunderstood as to its benefits, since many students believe it is strictly an artsy type study. When someone says that they have a liberal arts degree, more often than not the response is “What will you do with that?” However, studying liberal arts has many benefits. For starters, it is the type of degree that is versatile. It opens up many jobs and careers than a degree specializing in Business. Secondly, a degree in liberal arts makes the student well rounded in the skills acquired, as we will discuss later. With this being said, a student has to want a liberal arts degree in order to succeed with this degree. As with any degree, the more in love you are with the subjects related to the field and have enjoyment from the field, the happier you will be with a career related to liberal arts.
When you study liberal arts, you will learn many things – for starters how to communicate effectively through oral and written word. Communication is an utmost skill to have when searching for a career. The ability to communicate effectively will determine success in a career. You also learn language skills and multicultural sensitivity since most liberal arts students are required to take some type of foreign language course. This shows future employers that you are able to and ready to learn new things, which puts you a step above someone who has no previous experience with learning new languages.
You also develop concrete thinking and reasoning skills that employers will eat up. Being able to think on your feet or to think outside the box is something that many people do not possess. This skill puts you a step ahead of people competing for the same position as you. Liberal Arts students also have the unique skill of adapting to change and problem-solving skills. Students are required to take a number of credits in developing interpersonal skills, communication, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. All of which are used in the real world, whether directly or indirectly.
With a Liberal Arts degree there are several options when first starting your career. You first need to know which path you would like to take. If you still are uncertain, try to land an internship to see if the field is right for you. If nothing else, you will meet some amazing contacts to use later.
Art, English, foreign language, political science, biology or psychology are the majors in which students specialize within a liberal arts degree. Within each of these fields there are many options for entry-level work. For example, becoming a photography assistant can later lead to owning your own photography studio in the Art field. In the English path, you can become an entry level reporter then later build to editor, or go an entirely different path and become an author. There is always entry-level work to be found in the education field or the health care field that will be available to the student with a liberal arts degree.
After acquiring your degree in Liberal Arts there are various jobs available. Some may seem pointedly marketed towards a liberal arts student, others not so much. The important thing to remember is that employers love the skills that liberal arts students possess. They have the next best degree next to general studies, which enables them to enter all sorts of professions.
Having a liberal arts degree can lead to a career as a lab assistant, marketing field, film production, or even social work. Also, many people with a liberal arts degree have worked for public agencies such as the FBI, CIA, and local law firms using translation skills developed during foreign language classes. The late President JFK actually had a degree in liberal arts with a history degree in international affairs. Having a liberal arts degree, despite what many believe, does not limit what you can do in any shape or form.
A degree in Liberal Arts despite having the reputation as being one that is useless is in fact very useful. The skills developed are the most often sought after skills for employers. And it’s also important to note that if you are absent of a certain skill that would give you the edge, you can always take a single class to increase that skill. A Liberal Arts degree is composed of several different majors to choose from. The important thing is to choose the major that you love. In choosing the major that you love you are ensuring that your career choice will be something that you are content and happy with until you retire.