At some point in your life—or, more likely, at many points—a well-meaning person will wander up to you and ask what you plan to do as a career.
Who says liberal arts degrees don’t lead to rewarding, successful, lucrative careers? (Certainly not us—we’ve written before about six well-paying jobs for liberal arts graduates.)
The truth is that a degree in the liberal arts or humanities can open a lot of doors for your career, and may even make you stand out among other applicants when applying for jobs with some companies. In fact, there are tons of cases where liberal arts graduates have gone on to not only do well in their careers, but also change the world.
Whether your focus is on history, economics, literature, social work, or something else altogether, an education in liberal arts will prepare you for your career by teaching you essential skills that employers are looking for.
More and more, employers are recognizing the value of having liberal arts graduates on the company payroll.
These highly-educated, critically-minded employees come from a variety of academic backgrounds, and bring broad perspectives and diverse experiences to the workforce.
In fact, many CEOs, company presidents, and marketplace analysts are coming to the defense of liberal arts graduates—and why students should rethink the old stereotype that a liberal arts degree won’t lead a successful career.
Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple
In 2010, former CEO of Apple Steve Jobs famously remarked that a technology company is at its best when it remembers its humanity.
“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone isn’t enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.”
A degree in the liberal arts can include a lot of disciplines, from language and writing to science and philosophy. It can also open a lot of career paths—some of which might seem surprising.
But because the liberal arts are so broad, and integrate so many disciplines across the arts, sciences, and humanities, graduates have gone on to find successful, rewarding careers across many different industries—including some folks you probably recognize.