By Lexy Townsend, Engagement Coordinator, EdPlus
Skills transcend academic degrees. If this is something you understand, our work is done. If you’re not yet convinced, keep reading!
Students studying the liberal arts and sciences are uniquely prepared for the workplace because of how they learn and put these skills into practice. When thinking of what you look for in a candidate, you might immediately think of a major or set of majors. However, if challenged to think beyond the surface of that answer-- what is it about a candidate with that specific degree that you are looking for? Is it teamwork and collaboration? Communication? Attention to detail?
Once you unravel your job description and take a hard look at the qualities and skill sets you are actually looking for, the answer becomes obvious--a student’s major is just one predictor of success in a job, and if your organization is using a student’s major as a gatekeeper, it is likely that you are missing out on a wide pool of great candidates.
Through their studies and experiences, students studying the liberal arts and sciences learn about the larger landscape of the world. At ASU, students in this academic arena are learning and practicing these skills in parallel with our students in other fields. Furthermore, liberal arts and sciences students are adaptable. They can confidently enter any industry with a solid foundation on which to build the technical specifics. Through their diversified education, The College’s students are being prepared to enter any industry and contribute to your organization on day one.
To learn more about why liberal arts and sciences graduates will make for great hires for your company, please check out this webinar put on by GradLeaders!