2016 study by Fast Company reports employers bemoan a lack of communication,
leadership, and teamwork skills among new graduates. The new Liberal Arts Career
Center will work to educate employers about the skills of liberal arts graduates and to
help students better transition from Purdue into meaningful careers.
“Liberal arts students develop these skills, but too often, employers do not look to our majors
first as part of their hiring pipeline,” says David A. Reingold, Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal
Arts. “By helping our students gain practical experience alongside their classroom studies, we
will create a new reality in which employers seek out our graduates as exceptional examples of
Launched as part of the College’s annual Love Liberal Arts week in February, more than 350
students visited the career center to learn about the opportunities available for them. Among
these is a partnership with Parker Dewey, a Chicago-based firm that seeks out companies that
need help with smaller jobs more suited to an intern or entry-level employee. Purdue students
can peruse those listings and apply for micro-internships for which their skills are applicable.
During Love Liberal Arts
week, students connected
with alumna Lalita Amos
(BA 1985) who spoke to
SCLA300: LA Influentials.
The class brings alumni to
campus to discuss careers
and mentor students.