How To Get A Job With A Philosophy Degree
"For years, most liberal-arts schools seemed to put career-services offices 'somewhere just below parking' as a matter of administrative priority, in the words of Wake Forest’s president, Nathan Hatch. But increasingly, even elite, decidedly non-career-oriented schools are starting to promote their career services during the freshman year, in response to fears about the economy, an ongoing discussion about college accountability and, in no small part, the concerns of parents, many of whom want to ensure a return on their exorbitant investment," The New York Times reports. "The University of Chicago has extensive pre-professional programming and a career center that engaged with roughly 80 percent of its freshmen last year. Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., has a new career center prominently located on campus; its Web site urges freshmen to stop by and start their four-year plan. Michael S. Roth, the school’s president, says he wants the career program 'to work with our students from the first year to think about how what they’re learning can be translated into other spheres.' Like [Andy] Chan, Roth believes that the process can make for more thoughtful, meaningful careers choices; but he also told me that the demand from parents for better career services has pushed resources in that direction (for those schools that can afford it; many schools have been forced to cut back their career-center budgets). ... No other school has marketed its career center quite as successfully as Wake Forest (which, at No. 27, falls between the University of Virginia and Tufts on the U.S. News & World Report rankings but has struggled with name recognition nationally). In 2009, the university hired Chan, who was running Stanford Business School’s career center and had led a Silicon Valley start-up. ... Chan explained to me that his chief strategy is 'to create a kind of ecosystem where everyone has a vested interest in helping our students be prepared for life and for careers and for work' — a universitywide, collective assumption that the faculty was there not just to expand students’ intellectual horizons but also to help however it could in creating job-ready students."
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