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Today’s liberal arts majors need to learn to think and speak with a skills vocabulary. The burden of proving that you are qualified for employment rests on you, not on the title of your major.  A liberally educated person is still the type of individual needed at the highest levels of corporate life. It is that peculiar mix of the behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, history, and English that produce a mind capable of bringing mature judgment to complex issues. A liberal arts degree is more valuable today than ever before. No one is better equipped in today’s world than liberal arts majors, whose scope is the big picture and whose sweep of study has trained them to think critically. As a liberal arts student, you are uniquely qualified to navigate the changes taking shape in the world today.


Liberal Arts Advantage

What is a Liberal Education?

Career Guide for Liberal Arts Students
Career Success for Liberal Arts Majors

What Can I Do With my Liberal Arts Degree?
Marketing Your Liberal Arts Degree



A career is a nobler pursuit than a job.  One could expect that individuals who possess a sense of purpose and mission might not want to settle for something as uninspiring as a mere job.  They might easily conclude that a job doesn’t quite satisfy their loftier aspirations in quite the same way as a career.  In the final analysis, a career really is a higher calling than a job.


Career vs. Job
Paradigm Shift: Job Search vs. Career Management



The Career Action Plan is a handy checklist of suggested activities that assists students in tracking the progress of their college to career transition.  Students begin in the Discovery phase, in which they assess their personality and expose themselves to new experiences.  In the Exploration phase, students investigate their options and gather valuable information.  In the Preparation phase, students conduct research and start gaining relevant experience.  The final phase is the Strategy phase, in which students organize their resources and learn to manage their campaign.


Career Action Plan

Writing a Career Action Plan



Until you truly know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, what you want to do and why you want to do it, you can't succeed in any but the most superficial sense of that word. You are your own raw material. When you know yourself, you are ready to invent yourself.  Effective career and life planning begins with a firm determination of who you are.  A strong sense of self-awareness will give you the confidence you need to plan your future.  The first step is a true understanding of yourself. When we gain better insight into ourselves, we can see more clearly the world around us.  When we have a sense of who we are, we are better able to make decisions about things that affect our lives.  We are able to make important choices concerning such things as academic major, marriage, lifestyle and career direction. Knowing yourself prepares you to be more effective in making decisions and setting goals.


Self Discovery

Self Reflection

Career Testing



Not all those who wander are lost.  Before committing to a career goal, it is helpful for college students to expose themselves to as many different new experiences as possible and engage in activities that will allow them to explore a wide variety of options.  College students are encouraged to investigate an array of diverse experiences.  Students should take time to learn more about themselves, gather information, meet new people, try new things, and study the world around them.  They need to find out what’s out there and be open to foreign and unfamiliar experiences and ideas.  They need to venture outside of their comfort zone.


Career Exploration

Myths About Choosing a Career

How to Explore Your Career Options

Career Planning Guide: A to Z

US Dept of Labor             

My Plan                               

Career Overview            

My Majors                          

Career One Stop             

The Career Project         




We can all be in charge of where we are going and how we plan to get there.  The main purpose of setting goals is to help you be more consciously aware of where you are going, why you are going there, and how you imagine it will be when you arrive.  Taking charge of your life means  that you set goals and carry them out.  Through setting and achieving goals you learn skills for getting where you want to be and feeling good about yourself.  Goal setting is the ultimate purpose of career and life planning.  With proper goal setting in mind, you are assured a sense of direction.


Goal Setting

How to Set Goals
21st Century Career Success
Reality Checks for Career Planning
What is a Career?

Six Stages of Modern Career Development





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