March 7, 2012
Thesis Statement: Liberal Arts graduates who possess a wide array of skills have a less difficult time finding long-term employment compared to more applied streams of education. (May Change- I am still hesitant about my topic)
A List: Philip Giles, Torben Drewes, and Jon Cowans
Abstract: The liberal studies education provides a graduate student with numerous skills and endless employment opportunities. In our continuously changing society and job market, many are struggling with finding employment within their careers. Research currently states that learning various skills and developing a broad-based skill set is the key to having a successful and long-lasting career. For some the liberal education means a general education in terms of “the classic great books,” as opposed to specialized training for a particular career. For others, it means the subject matter, “the liberal arts” or “the humanities.” Either way, the liberal arts offers a diverse education that prepares one for life.
Liberal Arts Degrees and the Labor Market, Philip Giles and Torben Drewes
Although more fulfilling salaries for liberal arts careers are promising in the longer term, research says that those of applied majors tend to occupy more job offers and higher salaries at entry level (Short 1). “While both groups received substantial average hourly wages, wage rates for applied programs graduates were about 6% higher for both men and women” (Giles and Drews 29).Currently, there is a higher demand among employers for new graduates with majors such as engineering, health professions and computer science, however, a lower demand for new graduates with a liberal arts major. It is clear that majority of students are graduating with a technical degree such as business or engineering, however, research shows that graduates with a Humanities degree will develop stronger careers in the future. “Their... [continues]
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