The College of Arts and Sciences is a community where your student can explore, engage and succeed in many disciplines and fields.

    CAS students are encouraged to participate in Learning Communities, have multiple internships, study abroad, and attend career readiness events throughout their time here. Explore the topics below to learn about tools and programs available to your students in CAS. 

    Graduates today may have multiple jobs before settling on long term employment. Each experience will draw upon different skills and will impart new skills on your student.

    What are "transferable skills"? 

    A transferable or 'soft' skill is a skill that your student can take with them past graduation and between jobs. Developed and honed through coursework, jobs, internships, networking and interpersonal relationships with professors, family, friends and staff members, these skills are essential for young people entering today's shifting workforce. 

    "A liberal arts degree is an asset to Silicon Valley, not a liability." - U.S. News and World Report

    "What are the soft skills companies are looking for most in 2019?" - LinkedIn: The Learning Blog

     

    While they're here:

    Academic Skills Development

    By participating in diverse activities, internships and classes, CAS students will be prepared for a wide variety of potential careers. 

    Future Planning through employment, experiential learning, and networking

    Help your student understand the path toward future-readiness by reviewing these resources:

    So its time for your student to declare their major...

    Find out what students in various majors did with their degrees post graduation to help your student decide what is best for them. 

    The Career Center's 4-Year Path to Career Success can help you navigate the process. 

     

     

    Post Graduation:

    Success Stories

    Read about College of Arts and Sciences Alumni who have applied their liberal arts knowledge to their careers. 

    Creating a Career, Creating a Life

    Who hires liberal arts majors?

    The skills liberal arts majors gain through their broad exposure to multiple fields make them prime candidates for employers. The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to providing interdisciplinary and skills-based learning opportunities to all majors. 

    Graduate School

    Does your student want to go to grad school? Learn about next steps on the UVM Career Center Graduate School resource page.

     

    Get Involved:

    How can you best support your liberal arts student?

    As a parent, urge your student to take advantage of our many resources and programs and to start interdisiplinary exploration early!

    How can you best support CAS students? 

    1. Post jobs and internship opportunities for students in Handshake.
    2. Sponsor a job shadow through the UVM Shadowing Program.
    3. Participate in On-Campus Recruitment or encourage your employer to recruit at UVM. 
    4. If you are an alumnus, join UVM Connect to get in touch with current students and old classmates!

     

    Student Success Stories: 

    Meet some UVM liberal arts majors below who are pursuing careers they never imagined when they began their academic journey in the College of Arts and Sciences. These are just a few examples of CAS graduates who, with the expert mentoring from their faculty scholar/teachers, gained vital analytical, critical thinking and communication skills and applied them to rewarding--and sometimes unexpected--careers.

    Anthropologist/Marketer Tyler Wilkinson-Ray ’13

    A typical day at the office for Tyler Wilkinson-Ray ’13 might involve standing in knee-deep snow on a 40 -degree slope while keeping a video camera steady in subzero temperatures. It's part of the quest to capture a few seconds of action—perhaps a skier suddenly flying over the lip of a jump—at just the right angle. Not typical, perhaps, for a global studies major with a concentration in anthropology. But Wilkinson-Ray says his experience at UVM was integral to his work making short documentaries and commercial films. “You can find a lot of people with nice equipment and an education in filmmaking who don’t necessarily know how to tell a story,” he says. “The reality is, you can learn how to use equipment by just experimenting. What’s harder is to create convincing narratives. The social science background I had at UVM was essential to that.” His corporate clients include heavyweights in the outdoor apparel industry including Patagonia and Columbia.

    Biologist/Illustrator Meg Sodano ’01Meg Sodano

    Before becoming a natural science illustrator, Meg Sodano '01 spent her undergraduate years focused on pre-veterinary studies at UVM. Years later, seeking a way to weave biology into her artistic roots, she received illustration training and a certificate in natural science illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. Now she spends her time drawing animals and their environments. “I am reminded daily that I couldn’t be the illustrator I am now had I not first learned how the process of science. I cannot imagine a more rewarding way to make my contribution to science.”

    Rachel Wertheimer Philosopher/Attorney Rachel Wertheimer ’93

    “As a high school senior, my academic interests – to the extent I had any – were in politics and current events. I followed elections; I attended protests. I assumed I would be a political science major. However, after deciding to attend UVM, I fell into philosophy instead. It was the best non-decision I ever made. I considered (and momentarily pursued) an academic career in philosophy because I had so enjoyed studying it at UVM. But academia is not for everyone, and I learned quickly that it was not for me. I realized that what was rewarding to me about philosophy was not actually answering the 'big questions,' but the process philosophers used to get there. I decided to go into the law. From my first day of law school, and through my almost 15 years of practice, I have applied the tools I learned as a philosophy student, and I get much the same pleasure applying those tools to my legal work as I did applying those tools in my studies.”

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