New York Times on Internships and Pathways to a Career

Excerpt: In recent years, internships have gone from nice-to-have-on-a-résumé to absolutely critical. Employers today go on to hire about 50 percent of their interns as full-time workers, according to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. And the share is growing every year in industries like construction, consulting, accounting and scientific services.

read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/education/edlife/former-interns-tell-how-they-landed-a-first-job.html?action=click&contentCollection=t-magazine&module=NextInCollection&region=Footer&pgtype=article&version=spotlight&rref=collection%2Fspotlight%2Feditors-picks

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Design Pathways: The Marriage of STEM and the Arts Equals Innovation

read here: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-arts-stem-college-eger-20170330-story.html

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Surprising Salary Prospects of Humanities and Liberal Arts Grads

Read here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/good-news-liberal-arts-majors-your-peers-probably-wont-outearn-you-forever-1473645902

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Practical Career Advice for Liberal Arts and Humanities Majors

read here: http://www.wboc.com/story/34685872/ask-brianna-how-to-find-a-job-with-a-liberal-arts-degree

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New Burning Glass Report on the Top 20 Skills Needed for an Internship

See here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/education/edlife/top-20-fields-for-internships-get-your-skills-on.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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Getting Past the Liberal Arts / Vocational Divide

Great advice here for how and why to combine liberal arts with technical skills: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/02/08/debate-over-liberal-arts-vs-vocationalism-lazy-one-essay

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NACE 2016 Employer Outlook

Which skills and competencies do employers look for in college graduates?

Based on a national survey of American and international employers, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), put together a list, of which these are the top ten. Notice that one can develop these skills in a wide variety of majors.

If you major in a humanities or liberal arts discipline, the trick will be to learn how to  identify and articulate examples of these skills in your academic and applied work (internships) so that they resonate with employers.

Attributes employers seek on a candidate’s résumé:
1. Leadership 80.1%
2. Ability to work in a team 78.9%
3. Communication skills (written) 70.2%
4. Problem-solving skills 70.2%
5. Communication skills (verbal) 68.9%
6. Strong work ethic 68.9%
7. Initiative 65.8%
8. Analytical/quantitative skills 62.7%
9. Flexibility/adaptability 60.9%
10. Technical skills 59.6%

see more here: http://www.naceweb.org/s11182015/employers-look-for-in-new-hires.aspx#sthash.N5MEweh5.dpuf

 

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