I have lived, worked, and travelled extensively in my working life. My liberal arts educational experience is the competitive advantage that has allowed me to take on the various roles of specialist, manager, and leader over the years.
I went to college as an international student with severe learning disabilities. Luckily, because of patient and caring professors in a small college environment, I was able eventually to excel in my studies, to develop a love for learning, and to experience a new world of possibilities.
Because of patient and caring professors in a small college environment, I was able eventually to excel in my studies, to develop a love for learning, and to experience a new world of possibilities.
We live in dynamic times with turbulent market places, rapidly changing technologies, and unpredictable turns of events. It is important to be able to quickly take in the big picture, make sense of large quantities of data, formulate problem-solving strategies, and then communicate and execute them effectively.
A liberal arts education allows graduates to “learn to learn” continuously, to articulate powerfully, and to make useful contributions to the various endeavors graduates find themselves in. It “future-proofs” their careers.
Today as a business leader and academic, I look for young people who have these types of educational experiences. With a liberal arts experience as foundation, it is usually easier for them to fast track careers and take on multiple opportunities.
Students and parents making choices about where to go to college should look at college not as a continuation of high school, but as a place to gain knowledge independently, to be educated broadly, and to find deep life-long passions through diverse learning experiences. Small liberal arts schools tend to be the best places to achieve this.