...To worried moms and dad, they offer reassurances that a philosophy degree doesn't mean their darling son is going to be living under their roof forever. Successful grads share their Stories...
Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to your Perfect Career is a book written by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald, that was reviewed by Mary Ellen Slayter in The Washington Post. I would love to send the link to my son, but I don't want to come across as a nag. It's a fine line to walk when raising children, sharing the information without being pushy. Within the article it is mentioned that even though the intended audience is recent grads, parents have become the audience.
Parents just want assurances that our children will be able to find careers after college to enjoy their jobs and be successful. Success is individually defined, whether it is financially or job satisfaction. Thirty years ago, you could graduate with a Liberal Arts degree and any business would be happy to hire and train you for management positions. That degree demonstrated your ability to learn , write and become a productive employee. I am not convinced that a business degree gives companies the same result, since creativity and writing skills are not emphasized and business theories are evolving. The job market is a different world than 25 years ago and the changes have not been positive.
I graduated with specific training for a specific career which can be limiting, what if you don't like what you went to college for? With a liberal arts degree, good internships, I want to think that your opportunities can be endless. But I would like my children to find their own passions without relying on us and that is brought up in article since our assumptions about the work world is not current. It's time for us to continue to be there but to take steps back as our children become independent. If a liberal arts degree is what they want, then maybe reading about other graduates' experiences may help my son make good choices now and help me to back off and relax.