Critical Thinking Skills
Liberal Arts major?? ….Chances are you’re a better communicator, a critical thinker, and you can more easily see the big picture among a lot of little details….
1. You know how to think critically
You know that old saying, work smarter, not harder? That’s where critical thinking comes in. Practically speaking, it’s the difference between transcribing a lecture and taking notes on the important takeaways, and it’s a great skill to have in a leadership position.
Why? Because people have short attention spans. By extracting key information times, or applying familiar concepts from one idea to new one, you can develop quicker and deeper levels of understanding from your team. Or in an interview, when catching an employer up on your background. The possibilities are many.
2. You have “real world” skills
Take any psychology, sociology, or foreign language classes? Chances are you’ve worked on your “real world” skills. Those are the softer skills you need on the job every day, no matter what your line of work is. Being able to communicate effectively, understand clients’ wants and needs and their ways of communicating—these are the lessons you’ll need to succeed in almost any role, but that you’ll rarely see in a job posting.
3. Extracurriculars and electives go far-
Internships, volunteer work, hobbies—these are more likely to lead you to a job that turns into a career than your major alone. The passion and the practical experience go further than course loads alone. Being able to say, “I’ve done this before!” is much more powerful in a cover letter than, “I think I want to try doing this.” You know how to develop a plan and put it into action.
4. You can plan a strategic job search – –
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(Parts borrowed from Cindy Vandewater at Vault.com — thanks for the encouragement!)