1. The American Dream, In Memorium
  2. What Do We Want From Our Job?
  3. How To 'Do What You Love' and Still Be Able To Build A Career
  4. A Quick Guide To Career Values, Strengths And Personality Types
  5. The 11 Methods of Knowing Yourself Before Choosing Upon a Career
  6. Career Planning: 15 Things To Know
  7. Working For A Big Company vs Working For A Small Company
  8. The Top Non-Job Skills Recruiters /Employers Love
  9. What Business Executives Should Know
  10. How to Identify Your Marketable Skills
  11. Where The Jobs Are (And Aren't): 14 Useful Lists of Jobs
  12. Do You Need A Degree To Succeed? Part 1
  13. 10 Things To Do With A Liberal Arts Degree
  14. Resume 101
  15. The Ultimate List of Tips For Great Resumes
  16. What To Put on a Resume When You Have Nothing to Put On It
  17. What Skills To Put On Your Resume
  18. A Quick Guide To Great Words for Your Resume
  19. The 6 Seconds Test For Resumes (And How To Survive It)
  20. What Are Resume Screeners?
  21. Writing Great Cover Letters
  22. How To Survive Psychometric Tests
  23. A Quick Guide To Placement Tests
  24. A Quick Guide To Personality Tests (And Why They Don't Work)
  25. How To Do Well At In-tray And E-tray Exercises
  26. How To Get the Most out of Career Counseling
  27. Working for Free To Get A Foot In
  28. Making The Best Out Of Internships
  29. Using A Career Consultant / Career Coach
  30. How to Work With Executive Recruiters
  31. 20 Steps To Any Successful Job Search
  32. Three Useful Job Search Checklists
  33. When Your Job Search Just Isn’t Working
  34. How To Get A Job When You Have No Relevant Experience
  35. Three Innovative Job Hunting Ideas
  36. Practical Tips For Job Search When You Have A Job
  37. How to Handle Career Fairs
  38. Online Job Search Guide
  39. How To Avoid Job Scams
  40. Tips For Successful Job Interviews, The Ultimate Guide
  41. How To Overcome Your Job Interview Anxiety
  42. A Quick Guide To Interview Psychology
  43. How To Handle a Tough Job Interview Successfully
  44. Answering Most Difficult Interview Questions
  45. Seven Red Flags You Should Watch For During Job Interviews
  46. How To Identify A dead-end job During A Job Interview
  47. How To Identify A Bad Boss During A Job Interview
  48. The Most Awful Job Interview Mistakes According To Employers
  49. How to Succeed at Your Video Interview
  50. How To Handle A Stress interview And Come Out Okay
  51. How To Ace The Phone Interview
  52. How to Ace The Panel Interview
  53. How to Ace A Group Interview
  54. How To Succeed In Coding Interviews
  55. Handling Internal Job Interviews
  56. Doing Well In Behavioral Interviews
  57. How To Be A Shining Star At Work
  58. How To Be An Awesome Professional
  59. The Basics Of Career Management
  60. How To Be Powerful At Work And In Life
  61. Why Hard Work Matters, And How We Can Work Hard
  62. How To Be Lucky In Your Career
  63. How To Make Yourself Irreplaceable
  64. Loyalty Towards Skills, Not Your Employer
  65. Stay Sharp
  66. How To Take Risks And Come Out Okay Every Time
  67. Listen To Your Gut: Your Instincts May Be Right
  68. Have Integrity
  69. Being A Better Employee, The Ultimate Guide
  70. A Quick Guide to Jerks At Work
  71. Working With Colleagues Successfully
  72. How To Survive Workplace Conflicts
  73. How To Manage Your Boss
  74. The Essential Guide To Survive (Or Win At) Office Politics And Gossip
  75. Networking To Build Your Career
  76. How To Have A Career During Difficult Times
  77. How To Successfully Work From Home (Or Telecommute Painlessly)
  78. How To Negotiate Your Salary, The Ultimate Guide
  79. How to Get a Salary Raise You Deserve
  80. The Essential Guide To Getting Job Promotions and Rising Up In Your Dream Career
  81. A Quick Guide to Mentors
  82. How To Do Performance Reviews And Come Out Aces
  83. How To Market Yourself and Sell Yourself Better
  84. How You Can Be A Leader / Expert In Your Field
  85. A Simple Guide To Creating A Successful Personal Brand
  86. A Simple Guide To Career Portfolios (And 'About Me' Pages) That Help You Get Work
  87. Achieving A Work-Life Balance In Your Career
  88. How To Downshift And Enjoy Life More
  89. How to Survive And Be Happy In A Job You Hate
  90. How To Reinvent Your Career Successfully
  91. How To Change Careers and Come Out on Top
  92. A Simple Guide To Quitting Your Job
  93. How To Overcome And Avoid Work Related Burnout And Fatigue
  94. The Company You Work For (And HR) Is Not Your Friend
  95. Dealing With Mid Career Blues
  96. Everything You Should Know About Layoffs (And Career Breaks)
  97. Surviving Unemployment And Job Loss
  98. How To Stop Sabotaging Your Career
  99. How To Start And Run A Side Project Successfully
  100. The First Job Survival Guide
  101. How to Survive, Succeed and Shine at Your New Job
  102. Career Advice For College Students
  103. A Guide To Job Hunting For College Graduates
  104. Career Tips For Young People / Millenials
  105. Essential Career Advice For Women
  106. Seven Career Success Tips For Introverts
  107. Career Advice for Coders, Engineers and Designers
  108. Career Advice for Creative People
  109. How Creative People Can Be An Authority Online
  110. The 15 Best (Most Useful) Personality Tests That Are Actually Worth Taking (and they are all mostly free)
  111. The 45 Most Interesting Personality Quizzes Online
  112. The Five Best (And Free) Career Quizzes That Will Help You Find the Ideal Career
  113. What are the Cons of Working From Home?

10 Things To Do With A Liberal Arts Degree




Plus points of a liberal arts degree: People who are really serious about their liberal arts degree get educated in history, art, literature, writing skills, public speaking, psychology, sociology, stats, calculus, macro and micro economics. The smart students among these round this up with studying for the trades as electives- for example, some choose business management.

 

Max Weber made a distinction between 'soul-saving (the 'whys') and “skill-acquiring (the 'how-tos') education- the liberal arts is for your soul.

 

As a liberal arts BA degree holder, you may get a handle on why the world is as it is- you may understand the psychology, culture, religion, history, language, geography and all the different things that constitute your society.

 

People with a 'trades' education (business, technical, etc.) may know 'how to do this or that' but often they lack an understanding of 'why they are doing what they are doing', the big picture importance of their job. Or, they might have difficulty communicating the problem to others or making others understand, say, the gravity of a particular situation. In other words, you can't talk to normal people in binary code.

 

This is where a good liberal education helps you.

 

The minuses of a liberal arts degree: Most liberal arts degree programs are very expensive and getting more expensive all the time. If you can't land a job right after college, you face the possibility of loan recovery agents knocking your doors.

 

Smart liberal arts students get a good 'trades' elective/course to top off their education.

 

1. To supplement your liberal arts education, you should do any trades course- business management, business marketing, sales (if you like meeting people), law (this one takes time and currently, the U.S. is 'overrun' with law degree holders), accountancy (this is good), management consultancy (paired with a good business management degree and a wide liberal education, you can go places), investment banking(do a finance, financial advisory course, for example), PR (talkers will love this field), journalism (if you can write good news articles, and have a nose for news, you can also work on your own), politics (learn more about community organizing- Obama started with that), teaching (a perennial favorite; teaching English to foreigners is a great option as well), law enforcement, and more.

 

2. Many smart liberal arts degree holders took part in extracurricular activities (e.g. community work, physical sports, competitions and contests, etc.) and took up internships to boost their resumes.

 

3. You should also brush up your computer/information processing skills while still in college. Computing is a basic technical skill that most job openings require.

 

4. Another great area you should look into are language skills and multicultural sensitivity- knowing a second language is today's fluid, global economy.

 

5. Many people also go into entry-level positions (which is an irony because most entry level jobs only require a high school education), and then learn the basics of the business, and then work their way upwards. Even here, the smart ones do a 'trades' course while working to help their case.

 

6. You can also go for an entry-level government position that only requires a liberal arts degree. However, look out for any internal examination/certification that will get you the promotion.

 

7. To get a balance of your passion and employment opportunity is to study the want ads and Internet job postings for the types of jobs you're interested in and see what skills are required. Head over to Craigslist or Indeed.com and do some research.

 

8. Have a portfolio- of any jobworthy thing you did in college- writings, photographs, drawings (useful in the creative industries), etc.

 

9. Sure, you read your histories and your cultures. But always plan what to do job worthy on the side that will pay the bills. Try not to fall into the obvious trap of taking the first crappy job that comes your way. This often happens to the unprepared.

 

10. Examples of smart keywords for (online) resume summary for liberal arts students:

 

Leadership-oriented

Creative problem-solver

Conflict resolver

Exceptional interpersonal communicator who collaborates effectively with individuals at all levels

Computer-proficient performer

Participated in dozens of group projects

Liased among groups and lead many teams

 

Disciplined and highly organized self-starter who coordinates, manages, and juggles multiple committees, numerous daily meetings, judicial-board and campus ambassador functions, as well as a demanding school load.

 

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