What Employers Want: Liberal Arts Education and a Broad Skill Base

The Association of American Colleges and Universities surveyed employers to find out what they are seeking in top candidates.

The results?  “Employers generally have confidence in higher education and value the college degree. They believe that a liberal education — or preparation for more than a specific job — provides knowledge and skills that are important for career success. And increasingly, employers say, college graduates are more effective at explaining what they bring to the table.

Personal aptitudes and mind-sets also play a role in career success, employers say. Breadth and depth of learning are essential to longterm performance. Completion of active and applied learning experiences in college gives job applicants a clear advantage in the hiring process, as well.”

In SBS – this means developing all areas of your Pathways – academic, experiential, and career – so that you can build the broad knowledge base and skills employers are seeking.


By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences