If you are curious about what you can do to help encourage your student to start thinking about careers, here are a few ideas to help them get started. From there, we’ll help make sure your student has all of the resources needed to plan for what’s next.
- Register with Liberal Arts Career Services. To register with us, your student can create a BTT Gateway account. BTT Gateway is our student career management and recruiting system. Once your student is registered, she will have full access to our services and resources, including career and internship coaching; law school and graduate school admissions advising; on-campus recruiting and career courses.
- Visit the Career Center Early, and Often. In our career and internship coaching sessions, we help students build a professional portfolio and strategize their goals so that their skills and experiences support their candidacy for an eventual career goal. Learn more about our career coaching sessions and how we can help your student. To schedule an internship/career coaching session, your student can call us at 512-471-7900.
- Participate in Internships & Professional Development. Employers increasingly report that to be career competitive, Liberal Arts students must complement their education with professional experience and skills. Internships are a great way to develop professional experience, and they provide other benefits, including test driving career options, developing professional networks and practicing application and interview strategies. In addition, internships are a pipeline to full-time hiring for many employers – so internships can lead directly to career opportunities. As for professional skills, LACS offers a Professional Development program that can help your student develop technology, project management, writing and other skills from a career and industry perspective. Explore our internship and professional development programs.
Info Sheet: Would you like to learn more about our services and resources? Download our info sheet that includes an introduction to our office on one side and the value of a liberal arts degree on the other.
The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree
Parents are sometimes concerned about the "value" of a liberal arts degree. They worry that it doesn't lead to a specific career. Our experience shows that our graduates succeed in a variety of careers regardless of their major. And, yes, they do find jobs after graduation!
A liberal arts degree is timeless and eternally useful. Students are not tied to trends and speculation about the "best" preparation for their next 30 years or more in the workplace. A liberal arts degree will provide them with the basic skills and knowledge they need to develop their career. Very few students know exactly where they're going or what they will be doing in 4 years or 10 years or 20 years-- but students can think about what interests them generally and acquire summer jobs and internship experiences which will help them make up their minds. Our office can assist with this process.
Where Do our Graduates Go?
You might be surprised to know that the #1 career choice for liberal arts majors is business. About 1/3 of our graduates go directly to graduate, law, or medical school after graduation, but of those students who go directly to the workplace, 37% select a career in business and management. The career fields include finance and banking, consulting, publishing, advertising, and marketing & sales. Twenty-five percent go into government or law-related careers, 22% go into education (from preschool to higher education to teaching English as a second language abroad), 6% work in nonprofit settings, and 5% choose other options such as entrepreneurial ventures.