Helping students develop practical skills is the focus of the newest initiative from the Career Planning Center (CPC). The renewed push comes on the heels of a report released by President Clayton Rose last fall, which found that students felt they lacked important professional skills such as personal finance and public speaking.
Executive Director of the CPC Kristin Brennan said that employers’ expectations for student job preparation have changed over the last few decades. While critical thinking and writing skills are important, so are experiences that aren’t included in Bowdoin’s traditional liberal arts education.
“There is so much emphasis now on gaining pre-professional experience before you graduate,” Brennan said.
Demonstrating the continued relevance of the liberal arts in the job market was an issue raised at the Board of Trustees’ meeting earlier this month.