As a parent, you likely wonder where your student’s Liberal Arts degree will lead him or her after graduation. One of the hallmarks of the Liberal Arts degree is flexibility: our programs teach students to think critically, develop stronger awareness of other cultures, gain a global perspective on a variety of issues, and hone their writing and communication skills.
These qualities and transferable skills make our students, whether humanities or social science majors, desirable to a variety of employers in a wide range of industries. Simply put, our graduates do everything!
This flexibility of our degrees also means that our students must take ownership of their own career development. If your daughter is interested in graduate school, for example, encourage her to discuss options early and often with her academic advisor and faculty.
Also encourage your student to take part in the wide range of career programming available to our undergraduates. As a Liberal Arts major, your student has access to the Career Enrichment Network. The Career Enrichment Network is a resource specifically for Liberal Arts students who are seeking opportunities to engage in career-related, international, and professional development activities. Through the Network, Liberal Arts majors are able to: search and apply for internships through our web-based system called Network Symplicity; receive feedback on resumes, cover letters, and other application materials; participate in a variety of professional development, networking, and career-related events; and meet with Network staff to discuss and plan for their specific career interests. Liberal Arts majors also have the exciting opportunity to be matched with an alumni mentor based on their career and academic interests through our Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program. Mentors work with students to reflect on their experiences and goals, develop new skills, and network for the future.
Penn State Career Services also offers a wealth of resources for students at all stages of career planning and job searching. They provide career counseling, interest inventories, one-on-one resume reviews, career fairs, a job posting system called Nittany Lion Career Network, and opportunities for on-campus interviewing. The College of the Liberal Arts and Career Services also partner on events throughout the year, such as the People-to-People Career Fair and annual internship information sessions.