I am a proud graduate of a small liberal liberal arts college and let me tell you, I wouldn’t trade my experiences there for anything! That’s me now, 27 years old and gainfully employed. Six years ago, when I graduated into a dumpy job market, I would’ve sold my soul for a Mountain Dew and a lead on a cat-sitting job.
And according to Beth Braverman’s article over at the Fiscal Times, 4 Smart Job Strategies for Liberal Arts Grads, my progression may not be too uncommon for liberal arts grads. This is good news and bad news. The good news: you’ll be fine in the long run. Things will level off and you’ll get your footing. The bad news: there might be a bit of a bumpy ride right out of college.
So what do you do to keep things as steady as possible and maybe even get your resume from the big pile to the little pile? Braverman has some tips, and you should read all of them, but I wanted to focus on the last one: get used to networking. She suggests finding ways to connect to other alumni of your school, stating:
Remember, these folks started with the same degree and skill set that you have. They also understand how valuable your education could be to a potential employer.
This is the biggie. The problem with a unique, touchy-feely educational experience is that it’s hard to articulate its benefits. Unless, of course, you’re talking to people who’ve been through it themselves. Your fellow alumni know what’s up. They know that the liberal arts, in essence, teach you how to learn. A liberal arts degree prepares you to approach all things with creativity and openness, to find the useful information of any given scenario, and to always be thinking, what’s next? Where can we go from here?
That’s why it’s important to keep track of who you know, what they’re doing, where they are, and how they got there. Which is exactly what 225AM helps you do!
Yes, this looks like a shameless plug, and it kind of is. But here’s the thing: we don’t just talk about how important networking is so that you’ll use our product. No, the opposite actually: we built our product because we believe networking is extremely important for new college graduates. But that is only the beginning. There is a lot more going on at 225AM, but to start, it’s all about networking..
So, give it a thought. And also, read Braverman’s article and think about how you can frame your liberal arts education for the best view by potential employers.