Friday, November 19, 2010, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, noon Central, 1 pm EST, 2 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Zurich, 8 pm Istanbul
The Role of a Liberal Education in the Development of Career
Pursuing a liberal arts education is receiving a bad rap in the current challenging economy. Howard Figler will offer a fresh perspective on how you can integrate liberal arts courses with your development of a career direction and ways that a liberal education can enhance your career process, no matter what your choice of career. The speaker will address seven point on the role of a liberal education in the development of careers.
Something To Think About
Identify three liberal arts courses you would like to take, that are as different from each other as possible; for example: English, Philosophy, Engineering
Howard Figler, PhD, is the author of The Complete Job Search Handbook, The Career Counselor's Handbook [with Richard N. Bolles], Keys to Liberal Arts Success, PATH: A Career Workbook for Liberal Arts Students and Liberal Education and Careers Today. With a background as director of the counseling and career center at Dickinson College for 12 years and Director of the Career Center at the University of Texas at Austin for 8 years, and decades of work as a counselor, administraotr, teach, speaker and author, Howard has observed and documented the broad and pervasive successes of liberal arts graduates in the world of work. Howard holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University, an M.B.A. fron New York University, and a B.A. from Emory University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- In the current economy, is majoring in liberal arts still a viable option? Why?
- Should you major in liberal arts or choose a vocational major?
- Should you major in liberal arts or choose a vocational major? Are there any particular characteristics of students who are better off majoring in liberal arts? Is economic status an issue?
- What is the role of liberal education in the development of a career?
- Research and problem-solving skills
- Communication skills
- Knowledge of other cultures
- Breadth of courses
- Liberal arts courses are beneficial for everyone.
- 10-Minute BREAK during which Sally will open a discussion of Sue Shellenbarger's November 17 Wall Street Journal article on Can't Pick a College Major? Create One.
- Required liberal arts course are the ones you hate the most. Why would they be good for you?
- What does the research show about liberal arts versus business graduates?
- Why major in business?
- How can you build your college years with the ultimate goal of getting a job in business?
- When you choose a major, how does that relate to your choice of career?
- Could you summarize the major reasons that a liberal arts education can be helpful in the current economy, as well as in more stable economic times.
Upcoming December Interviews with International Experts
- On December 9, Stephanie Chandler, author of several business marketing books, will discuss how to create and promote a variety of information products, including books, e-books, special reports, and much more.
- On December 16, Alberto Puertes, a career/academic counselor for the Counseling and Career Center at Brigham Young University, will discuss the benefits and challenges globalization presents to vocational guidance in the international arena. Alberto served as the NCDA International Career Issues Committee Chairperson and has has mentored many students doing humanitarian work and internships abroad.
- If you've ever thought about offering career services in another country, then you will want to listen on December 30 to Ellen Weaver-Paquette talk about her experiences teaching the International Career Development Facilitator training in the Middle East. Ellen will take us a virtual tour into challenges and strengths of the Middle East, touching on geography, economics, education, and culture.