WHY A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION?
Many university courses prepare you for only one job. But here's the problem. One in five Australian university students will change or drop out of their course by the end of their first year. The average Australian employee changes jobs once every five years, and over a lifetime can expect to have five different career paths (each requiring some kind of re-training). No one can predict with certainty which fields will be competitive in the future or how jobs will change with emerging technologies.
In a highly flexible and rapidly changing job market, specialising in only one field can be risky. The alternative is to specialise at postgraduate level (Honours or Masters) while using your undergraduate degree to develop transferable skills that will serve you well in any number of careers.
A specialised degree provides training for one career; a liberal arts degree provides foundations for all your future careers.
THE LIBERAL ARTS ARE A
STRATEGIC CAREER PATHWAY
"I would like to see a much bigger emphasis on the Liberal Arts, philosophy and thinking skills, followed by some specialisation rather than the other way round.”
–David Murray, former CEO of Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
“The proper [focus of education]… is how to speak and write well, not how to be ... a ‘broadcaster’ … or a journalist … If one can speak and write well, then, given the need, one can make a speech or write an article ... If one cannot speak or write well, then the tricks of a trade will be no help.”
–Wendell Berry, American novelist, poet, environmental activist, and cultural critic.