Considering earning your Liberal Arts degree? There’s no better time to start.
The liberal arts are the disciplines that study the activity of people and society, such as philosophy, sociology, and law. With better pay and prospects for graduates of these disciplines becoming available each day, along with renewed investment in higher education from the American federal government, nothing can stand between you and the enriching, comprehensive educational experience they bring!
Read on for more on why 2016 is a great time to pursue your own liberal arts education.
1. A Liberal Arts Degree Offers You a Range of Job Options
As a liberal arts grad, you'll be eligible for a wide range of jobs across many fields like technology, business, academics or government. The fundamental values you pick up in liberal arts school—integrity, critical thinking, and inquisitiveness about the world—make you an excellent match for virtually any modern employer.
"The idea that these graduates work solely as social workers or teachers is shown to be unfounded," states a report from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). It found that there is demand for workers with this educational background in fields as diverse as criminology, human geography, and media studies.
For example, the technology sector is increasingly hiring liberal arts grads in development, marketing, product management, and competitive analysis positions. These analysis skills also come into play for the many liberal arts graduates now being hired in the business sector, particularly those who specialize in economics. This is why so many of America's top business schools are adapting to include a liberal arts-type approach to undergraduate education.
Not only does your liberal arts degree make you a top candidate for entry-level positions in these competitive employment fields, it's also excellent preparation for further post-graduate pursuits. Can you see yourself taking on an Ivy League Masters or PhD program in the future? The precise skillset you'll develop in a liberal arts setting can help you get there.
2. Liberal Arts Grads Earn Higher Pay, More Management Positions
Did you know that and increasing number of the world's top companies are hiring liberal arts grads for senior management positions? The aforementioned HESA report confirms what many liberal arts and social science graduates have found through experience—that their training makes them ideal candidates for high-paying, high-level positions within businesses and large organizations.
With a liberal arts degree, you’ll develop leadership and collaboration skills employers look for.
Liberal arts degrees instill analytical, interpretive, and communication skills, all of which make grads more eligible for senior management positions than their career college counterparts. This means that with your own liberal arts degree, you're more likely to rise through the ranks of your chosen profession, using your finely-tuned collaborative and critical thinking skills to achieve a high level of professional success.
3. In 2016, A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Accessible than Ever
Not only are more career opportunities opening up for graduates of liberal arts college courses, but liberal arts education is set to become even more accessible in coming years.
In his 2016 budget proposal, President Obama requested $70.7 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Department of Education, including a $29 billion investment in Pell grants to make attending higher education even more accessible for the average working class American student.
“We’ve actually got to cut the cost of college. I’m going to keep fighting to get that started this year,” said President Obama in his recent State of the Union address.
At Shimer, students are eligible for a range of scholarships, financial aid, grants, and even annual funding to cover textbook costs.
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