The debate over the value of a career-focused versus liberal arts education continues with this recent article from U.S. News & World Report, which shares the latest job placement data and the views of more than 400 employers. Employers overwhelmingly highlighted the importance of liberal arts learning, identifying “the creative, communicative and problem-solving acumen traditionally associated with liberal arts majors as the most valuable attributes of new hires."
However, the article also shares how graduates of career-ready degrees have an edge when it comes to hiring, and so it is critical for students to make their liberal arts degree “career-ready.” Practical experience in a professional field can be crucial to getting one’s foot in the door, which makes internships important for liberal arts majors to be competitive. Even working adults can benefit from and arrange internships that are feasible for their work schedule.
Another way to make your liberal arts degree career-ready is to incorporate a professional focus. We encourage students to earn a certificate while completing their degree. This can be accomplished with no additional time or classes when the certificate coursework is applied to the bachelor’s degree. This is a convenient way to add tremendous value and marketability for job placement upon graduation. Here at Providence College’s School of Continuing Education, we take pride in our liberal arts tradition and the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is our most popular program. It is often the fastest way for working adults to complete their degree, and the most flexible program for accommodating one or more certificates for career readiness.
Contact a PC SCE adviser for more information about our programs. We’ll even connect you with our current students or alumni to determine whether our school is right for you.