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Liberal Arts Career Summit Helps Students See Connection Between Calling and Career

April 11, 2019
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Baylor students majoring in the liberal arts will soon have a new opportunity to learn about potential careers and take steps towards planning their futures. Encompassing more than a traditional career fair, the brand-new Liberal Arts Career Summit will take a holistic approach to students’ futures.

Baylor University Career and Professional Development. (CPD) is introducing the Liberal Arts Career Summit, to be held Tuesday, April 16, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayborn Museum.

While students at the Summit will have the chance to network with potential employers, Foley hopes that students will do more than that — and gain valuable information about their futures.

“Students at the Summit can go and attend breakout sessions, or hear from Baylor alumni with similar backgrounds as them,” Desiree Foley, Employer Relations Specialist, said. “We pulled together these events that we normally host separately into one streamlined Summit so that students could come to one event that is multi-dimensional.”

The Summit is different from past career events sponsored by CPD for several reasons. It’s a Baylor event thoroughly tailored to students in the liberal arts and humanities, and it seeks to make these students aware of desirable opportunities. While the Summit will include employers looking for liberal arts students for internships and employment, Jarrod Mathis, employer relations specialist, said the event is designed to do more than just aid a job search.

“A big portion of the Summit is education and preparation, and we provide that in a couple of different ways,” Mathis said. “One of those ways is breakout sessions led by employers and by Baylor alumni. Those will cover everything from how to build relationships in the workplace and how to get an internship, to, ‘How do I talk about my liberal arts degree when I’m applying for jobs?'”

CPD hopes students will walk away from this event with some more clarity in regards to their future careers.

“The Summit will hopefully be an encouragement to our students that the major they’re pursuing has so many different outcomes that could go in a variety of directions, as they’ll hear from different alumni,” Mathis said. “So hopefully they’ll see their program as valuable — no less valuable than a major that might have a very specific path.”

NOTE: While the Summit is free and open to Baylor undergraduate and graduate students of all majors, students must register in advance for this event because space is limited to 175 attendees. To register, follow this link to the Liberal Arts Career Summit Handshake page. The page also lists the registered employers that will attend the Summit.

An extended edition of this post by Katherine McClellan originally appeared on the College of Arts & Sciences Blog.
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