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Research Shows That Employers Desire Liberal Studies Majors

Date: November 27, 2012

A recent article called "Revenge of the Liberal Arts Major," states that Liberal Studies majors are shown to be in high demand by employers. The article explains, "If you're in college, or happen to be about to graduate, and you've been mocked for getting a liberal arts degree, here's a piece of welcome news: You're actually in more demand than those who are getting finance and accounting degrees. That's one of the findings of a new survey of 225 employers issued today by Millennial Branding and Experience Inc."

So, what are the number one skills that employers are looking for? " The number one skill that employers are looking for are communication skills and liberal arts students who take classes in writing and speaking," said Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and an expert on Generation Y. "They need to become good communicators in order to graduate with a liberal arts degree. Companies are looking for soft skills over hard skills now because hard skills can be learned, while soft skills need to be developed." At Grand Valley's Holland Campus, we offer a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in your area of interest.

The article explains, "Thirty percent of surveyed employers said they were recruiting liberal arts types, second only to the 34 percent who said they were going after engineering and computer information systems majors. Trailing were finance and accounting majors, as only 18 percent of employers said they were recruiting targets."

Would you like to be a liberal studies major? Make an appointment to meet with an advisor on our campus: 616-394-4848. We offer a wide array of support services for students: career services, counseling services, and writing consultants.

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