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Liberal Arts Skills That Are Most Useful in Careers


Liberal arts majors gain valuable skills that will help in your careers. Here's a short list.


This article is one in a series excerpted by permission from How to Get Any Job with Any Major, Ten Speed Press, (c) Donald Asher. To reproduce, write to Donald Asher. Donald Asher, also known as "America's Job Search Guru," is the author of nine books on career-development issues.



Key Skills of Liberal Arts Majors:

  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Foreign languages and cross-cultural knowledge
  • Numeracy
  • Research and information retrieval
  • Analytical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective with ambiguity
  • Learning and synthesizing new ideas



This material is from a handout from a Job Search Success for Liberal Arts Majors Teleconference, Asher and Howard Figler, used with permission. Also presented in greater detail in How to Get Any Job with Any Major, Ten Speed Press, (c) 2004 Donald Asher, used with permission. Donald Asher, also known as "America's Job Search Guru," is the author of nine books on career development issues, and is a contributor to WSJ online at and, NACE Journal, San Francisco Chronicle,,, and similar. He is well known to career services staff nationwide as a speaker and consultant on hidden job market and self-directed search issues. He is the keynote speaker for the Career Development Series of national teleconferences sponsored by the University of Tennessee. He presents at over 100 colleges and universities annually. His books of interest include How to Get Any Job with Any Major, Asher's Bible of Executive Resumes, The Overnight Resume, From College to Career, and Graduate Admissions Essays. When not on the road, Asher divides his time between San Francisco and Northern Nevada.


To reproduce this article, write to Donald Asher.


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