Action Research Proposal - Liberal Arts Resource Guide

Overview Advancing the Opportunities for Liberal Arts Graduates Michael Satterberg & Laura Smith

Undergraduate students with a Liberal Arts degree may find job hunting to be a challenge because most applicants went to school specifically for the job they are seeking. However, Liberal Arts graduates have just as much to offer potential employers—if not more—due to the versatility of a Liberal Arts degree. We feel that a Liberal Arts degree includes a variety of broad-based, valuable skills that can help an applicant excel in a large range of job roles. With more assistance, better preparation, and more resources, we can help Liberal Arts students demonstrate the advantages of their degrees, showcase the benefits of their unique skill sets and become better prepared to compete with the competition. Below is a list of ideas that we have created to support our vision.

Resource Guide:Liberal Arts students can reference a comprehensive guide to planning their job hunt and securing an ideal role within a profit, non-profit or educational organization. The Resource Guide would include a variety of topics such as:

Overview Advancing the Opportunities for Liberal Arts Graduates Undergraduate students with a Liberal Arts degree may find job hunting to be a challenge because most applicants went to school specifically for the job they are seeking. However, Liberal Arts graduates have just as much to offer potential employers—if not more—due to the versatility of a Liberal Arts degree. We feel that a Liberal Arts degree includes a variety of broad-based, valuable skills that can help an applicant excel in a large range of job roles. With more assistance, better preparation, and more resources, we can help Liberal Arts students demonstrate the advantages of their degrees, showcase the benefits of their unique skill sets and become better prepared to compete with the competition. Below is a list of ideas that we have created to support our vision.

Resource Guide:Liberal Arts students can reference a comprehensive guide to planning their job hunt and securing an ideal role within a profit, non-profit or educational organization. The Resource Guide would include a variety of topics such as:

Self Promotion Tips: Ideas for how to promote yourself against competition through effective resumes and online applications.

Job Fairs: What to do at them, how to make them successful, what to expect… Each area of work has a different language and culture; by preparing students for job fairs, they will have a more positive and productive experience.

Local Connections & Interviews with Executives: Assisting students with local connections provides a great resource and potential advantage for job seekers.
Interview leaders in a variety of organizations (profit, non-profit, educational) to gauge their opinion of potential employees with a Liberal Arts degree versus a Business Degree etc… and what positives and negatives they see from this.

Exploration of Potential Job Titles and Descriptions: Many students may hear about jobs, but not actually know what the job would entail, what an average day might look like and the duties involved. By including a list of different jobs and their duties/requirements, students could better understand where they would like to begin their job search and make connections.

Prepare to Compete: A section in the guide that provides tips and guidelines for Liberal Arts students to compete with other applicants and highlight the benefits gained from a Liberal Arts degree.

The Larger Picture: These are some ideas that we had for a long term or “down the road” plan that would be hard to complete in our time frame of this class project.

-Post Online website

-Mentorship programs

-Organization (Student Organization?) to help CLA students

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