Increasingly, employers are seeking graduates who can be flexible in their outlook, have some context in the environment in which they work, and who are capable of reasoned and critical analysis.
Liberal Arts course graduates are able to research, have superior writing skills and can think and speak on their feet. They are trained in logical and analytical thought and have superior communication and group work skills.
Here are the Top 21 careers for Liberal Arts Majors (in alphabetical order), according to Rice University in the United States:-
- Film and Television
- Human resources
- Human Services/Non profit management
- International Business
- Investment banking
- Library and Information Science
- Marketing and Sales
- Physical Sciences
- Public Policy
- Research/ Health Care
- Sports Management and Recreation
- Technical Writing
Typical careers based on a Liberal Arts in Australia are in communication and media, teaching in schools, TAFE and University when combined with a postgraduate teaching qualification, church and faith-based work, politics, government and administrative work, social services, writing, editing and publishing, advertising, public relations, research and policy writing both in the public service and in industry.
Many, many people have followed this path to a career and in many cases have become leaders of their communities. They chose to do something they love and in so doing, rose to the top of their profession.
Look at this list of graduates from the Liberal Arts:
- John Paul ll, Pontiff, Philosophy and Theology
- Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, History and Languages, Australian National University
- John Anderson, Former Leader of the National Party and Deputy PM, B Arts and M Arts, University of Sydney
- Al Gore, Climate Change campaigner, Religion and Philosophy, Harvard College
- Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author, B Arts, Sydney University
- Martin Luther King, Reformer, Theology, Morehouse College
- Bob Carr, ex-Premier of NSW, B Arts (Hons) University of New South Wales
- Jana Wendt, Journalist, Philosophy and Languages, University of Melbourne
- Charles Merrill, Merrill Lynch and Company, Amherst College
- Goh Chok Tong, ex-Prime Minister of Singapore, Williams College
- Edson Spence, Chairman, Honeywell, Williams College
- Edward Prescott, Nobel Laureate (2005), Mathematics, Swathmore College
- Jerome Kohlberg, Billionaire, Founder, Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts, Swathmore Colege
- Mary Schroeder, Chief Judge, US Court of Appeal, Swathmore College
- Lisa Kudrow, Actress, Vasser College
- Geraldine Langbourne, CEO Oxygen Media, Vasser College
- Barbara Cassini, Leader, London Olympic Bid 2012, Holyoake College
- Jonathan Gay, Creator, Flash Software, Bowdoin College
- Sally Dundan, VP of Finance, JP Morgan, Holyoake College
Big businesses are also seeking people who have Liberal Arts qualifications. David Murray, a the former head of the Commonwealth Bank, said, of the qualities he would like to see in future employees:
“I would like to see a much bigger emphasis on the Liberal Arts, philosophy and thinking skills, followed by some specialisation rather than the other way round. You have to question taking some of the best minds in the country through commerce/law so they can be better than you or I at interpreting 13,000 pages of tax legislation. Can we do something more with that mind?”
Campus Review, 19 October 2005, p.4
Students who are not yet ready to commit to a particular career should consider the Liberal Arts as a foundation degree which will allow them to reflect on what they really wish to pursue in life before then heading into the workforce or undertaking post-graduate vocational training. Campion College will be investigating the provision of such training in education, business and communication in the future.