A Professionalization Class Jobs for a liberal arts major are endless, but most of us don’t realize it yet. I saw a small paper stuck to the wall of my adviser’s cubicle. Nothing fancy or anything. Just a bunch of words. What caught my eyes was ENGL. A bunch of random letters smashed into one… Read More What Comes After
“Hey, Mom. What do you think about me going into the Peace Corps?” “I don’t want to say no, … but I don’t want to say yes.” It can be difficult to find a career path for those who don’t have a specific passion or interest. Some people have it easy and know exactly what… Read More Now What? A Guide to Finding the Right Career Path for You
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
This class was more like an upbeat, fun, slightly intimidating excavation site than an overwhelming professionalization workshop. Most students walked into class carrying a heavy load of criticism, which their society, upon declaring a humanities major, had placed upon them. English majors are regularly told, “Well, you won’t make any money,” and otherwise lectured on… Read More Mining for Gold in this Class
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
Expectations vs. Experience I took this course because I thought it would force me to create time to search and prepare for jobs and think deeply about the job hunting process. While job training courses like the one I signed up for probably can be the perfect venue for this and there were elements of this… Read More What’s the Point of a Professionalization Course?