Learning how to think can’t be quantified. It took me two years into my college career to “come out” as an English major. I knew I wanted to study reading and writing since I was in middle school, and I knew since high school that that meant studying English. When… Read More The Value of the Intangible
The ancient Egyptians supposedly had a saying: “Man, know thyself, and you are going to know the gods.” If I had to amend that statement to sum up this “Liberal Arts at Work” intersession class, it would probably be: “Liberal arts student, know thyself, thy interests, thy passions, thy summer jobs, thy accomplishments, thy favorite… Read More The Importance of Introspection in Career Assessment
Two years ago, I was walking across campus to my 19th century British/Irish Lit class and opened an email with the subject line: “how to make your useless degree useful.” Was it spam? Nope. This email came from the College of Arts and Sciences describing how to make a liberal arts degree worth your while.… Read More “How to Make Your Useless Degree Useful”
We’ve all felt and heard the judgment. ‘You’re a liberal arts major? So, you plan on being a teacher.’ Even though, for some, the thought of teaching screaming five-year olds or moody fifteen-year olds sends us running away in fear. For others, that might seem like a dream come true, but most of us have… Read More Assessing the pros of a Liberal Arts Major
Considering the nature of this course, I was unsurprised to learn that we would be taking career assessments as part of our homework. While such assessments are interesting and often fairly accurate, I generally don’t need them to tell me about my own personality and habits. The reason? My top five “signature themes” from the StrengthsFinder… Read More Paths Paved by Exploration
Looking out at the vast job market, wearing only my resume and cover letter for protection, I cannot help but wonder about what will happen if I fail. Fortunately, I am prepared to fail. I’m prepared to fail a lot. What do you do when you fail in the vast, merciless job market? According to… Read More Preparing for Failure
Recently, I attended my first two college career fairs with vastly different experiences after each one. Because the first career fair was a trial, there was significantly less pressure and I enjoyed myself. I was, however, required to attend the second career fair for the Professionalism course I am enrolled in; I found it much… Read More Don’t Lie at Career Fairs, and Other Lessons Learned.