How do you get a job in today’s market? You impress people. Apparently, a recent survey of CEO’s suggests that they like hiring graduates with a liberal arts education. As someone with a liberal arts education, this impacts me because it makes me feel good about the decision I made to get my degrees. Furthermore, this news directly impacts what I will continue to pursue in the future. I will keep saving for my kid’s college education. In addition, I will encourage them to pursue a liberal arts degree, even if it is very expensive.
Saving for college
I believe in saving for college. Since my kids were born, I have had college funds going. Every month, money is automatically deducted from my checking account and put into investment accounts. There are times that I wish I had more cash on hand to spend on the household budget. However, saving sometimes requires an out-of-sight, out-of-mind setup like an automatic deduction. If I were left to write a check every month, I might not do it. I think people have good intentions, but they don’t create mechanisms that force a saving pattern.
When am I going to use this?
Some people have a hard time understanding the liberal arts education. When there are lists about the “best” majors for future success, there is the usual business, technology and medical degrees. Obviously these are needed, but liberal arts are about a broad and diverse education. Translation? Liberal arts teaches people to think and understand a complex world. What do CEO’s want? Thinkers. So, wondering where you will use art, music, literature, history, economics, math and science? Everywhere.
Jobs and beyond
Again, I am happy to see this news. It helps to solidify my feelings about education and about committing my funds to future college tuition. There are some great liberal arts colleges in this country, and some of them are fairly pricey. That is something that I am prepared to help finance. College isn’t just about that first job because companies are going to train workers a certain way and many people change fields at some point in their career. College is also about educating society and helping people become productive members of that society.
Liberal arts is expensive, but worth the cost.
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