Liberal Arts Resources

University Career Services have worked closely with Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advisers to provide Liberal Arts students with career development resources and opportunities.  Liberal Arts degrees enhance writing, speaking, and critical-thinking skills.  They are exposed to the complexity of the world, and are trained to think about changes and solutions in a creative and ethical manner.  Thriving companies/organizations have a constant theme: adapting to the changes in economy.  This is what a Liberal Arts Degree from Northwestern University accomplishes: preparation for a lifetime of change.

Tips for Liberal Arts Students

Explore and Research Your Career Interests

Dedicate some time to think about your Career Interests.  Ever hear someone talk about his or her profession and say, "wow, that sounds pretty interesting."  Take it to the next level and research that career.  Take into account what you find most and least appealing about that job. Most Liberal Arts students find themselves "undecided" about a career because of the lack of knowledge they have about the various careers/industries that are out there.  Please use Vault and Wetfeet to research careers and gain exposure to industries that value Liberal Arts students.

Perform Informational Interviews

Informational Interviews have become a very important partof the Career Development Process.  This allows you to find the most recent and reliable information about your careers of interest since the individuals you're reaching out to have proven success in their field.  Ideal people to interview are alumni and professionals; they are more than willing to provide you their story at a given time.  You just have to make sure you properly reach out to them.  For more information go to our Informational Interviewing page.

To Find Potential People to Perform an Informational Interview:

Northwestern CareerNet

LinkedIn- Join Northwestern Alumni Group

Participate in Internships and Extracurricular Activities

Internships and Extracurricular Activities are an integral part of Career Development. They provide you with a hands-on experience in your careers of interest.  More importantly, they develop career-related skills and provide concrete measures of your effectiveness as a leader.  Employers are more likely to hire Liberal Arts students that have these experiences in their resume.

Properly "Package" Yourself

Employers need to know what you can bring to their company.  It is important that you have a good understanding of what the company is looking for and how your skills and experiences line up.  Do not be afraid to use your Academic Experience, Extracurricular Activities, and Internship as a way to highlight your critical-thinking, leadership, and communication skills.  Exposing employers to your Academic Experience is a great way for companies to see complexities of a Northwestern Liberal Arts education.

Electronic Resources:

Liberal Arts Resource

What Can I Do w/ My L.A. Degree