You have an interview: you’re smart, able, and your liberal arts degree tells potential employers that you have the most valuable competencies in today’s marketplace: the ability to think critically across disciplines, work well with others to get things done, you’ve had broad exposure to information and ideas, and you know how to communicate well.
If you’ve done an internship, that shows something about work experience and commitment, especially if you were able to land an internship in your area of interest.
What else are employers looking for in entry-level applications that they aren’t seeing? How about the kinds of skills that could mean the difference between hours of company training and being able to hit the ground running? Like, knowing how to use spreadsheet programs, manage and budget projects, review financial statements, or understand information systems?
These are skills that don’t generally fall inside classroom syllabi, but they can be crucial in the business and professional world, and they can make a real difference in a pool of good candidates.
With a generous gift from Emmy '63 and Bob King, Denison’s Knowlton Center for Career Exploration worked with Collegis Education to create an online skill-building platform called OnBoard. The program offers more than 50 units from which to choose (see previous link), based on extensive surveys of national employers, professors, alumni, and current students. The units build skills in areas like technology, writing, public speaking, and industry-specific software.