ERIC Number: ED196368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-22
Reference Count: 0
The Liberal Arts Graduate in the Job Market: Spring of Hope or Winter of Despair.
Paulson, Stanley F.
The special circumstances liberal arts graduates confront in finding employment and the implications for personnel recruiters, college placement officers, and liberal arts colleges are considered. It is suggested that corporate recruiters are missing some valuable prospects by failing to recognize certain qua1ities of liberal arts graduates (e.g., bilingual competence) that may not be as prevalent in vocational graduates. Studies showing the success of these graduates over time, their achievement motivation, and job satisfaction compared with other graduates are cited. It is suggested that placement officers need to educate recruiters about the advantages of the liberal arts background and to inform liberal arts students and faculty about job opportunities that are not always considered. Liberal arts colleges can use alumni beneficially as information sources and can broaden employment opportunities by developing flexible curricular patterns. Examples of how this is done at the Pennsylvania State University are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania State University
Note: Paper presented to the College Placement Council (Chicago, IL, May 22, 1980).