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Seems like you could also ask the question, "How does your liberal arts degree help you in your current job?" Or . . . not.

Obviously I have no good story to contribute at present, but I'm working on it.

Mary Anne O'Neal

I'm not going to encourage you. Learn a trade. You'll be happier and make more money. You can always read great books and write.

I have a Ph.D. in English and have been teaching more than twenty years at the college level. I make less than 20k a year.

The Gurgling Cod

Ms. O'Neal -- I am sorry for you frustrating situation, but I fear you missed the point of my question -- I was asking for people w/ liberal arts backgrounds who had not gone the grad school route to share their experiences as evidence that there were choices beyond the four careers outlined above.

Natalie Sztern

I grew up in montreal and raised two kids here who went to university for their BA: one major theatre and one in business (the BA being I suspect your liberal arts degree) the one w business major is now bartending; the other working in theatre behind the scenes (she wanted to be in front)...I am begging them to go to Graduate school but no such luck. I even offered them to go out of town...

What amazes me though, is why americans send their kids away for undergrad degrees and spend so much money...here and in Toronto; in fact many Canadian cities kids go to university in their city (unless they cannot commute. Tuition for McGill University is now aprox 3300.00/yr; 1600/semester, Concordia is less by about 200 dollars. Books not included

They love what they do but did they have to go to school for that? don't answer cause I know education is never a loss...

Kyle Jensen

As the Cod knows, I got my BA in philosophy from Clemson and am gainfully (somewhat) employed up here in DC. I work at a health policy non-profit doing scads of various public policy tasks. It's an interesting job in that I get to be in the midst of health reform as it progresses day by day, and I've been in the company of and debated policy with some of the real decision makers in DC.

I have coworkers, friends at other non-profits, and colleagues in Congress that have liberal arts degrees ranging from english to history to film studies. All that employers seems to care is whether or not you are motivated and can read/write/think/not drool on yourself. They also look for what your experiences outside of school say about you as a person. Once you get in the door, it's fairly easy to work your way up the totem pole or bounce around as you see fit once you gain experience.

I plan to pursue graduate work that is not lawyering or professoring (I'm hoping to do nursing). Oddly enough, my liberal arts degree is seen as an asset in this science related field.


What do you do for a living?: Librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library

Where/when / for what major did you go to college?: Rhodes College, class of '99, English

What have you done since?: barista, high school English teacher, fundraiser/copywriter for public television, bass player, grape picker, relay operator for the deaf and speech-impaired, library clerk, web designer/information architect, hot dog vendor, librarian, roughly in that order

The liberal arts will take you in strange and improbable directions, especially if you're willing to do anything (within reason) for money. Picking grapes is always more fun if you've read some Steinbeck.

And then, when you decide you might like health insurance and retirement and paid vacation someday, you could do a whole lot worse than library school.

Soft Cialis

all this is to keep order!
imagine if they did not do it??

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Horatio Alger was mysterious person, an unlimited bag of tricks.

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