Christendom Alumni Learn to Lead and Succeed.
You name a field. We've got someone there.
Christendom alumni are involved in just about every field possible. They come to Christendom with the goal of being educated, not trained, so that they can graduate wtih a broad education, ready to handle anything that comes their way.
Interstingly enough, only about 27% of college grads end up working in the field in which they studied (Read about it in The Washington Post), and that is not surprising. It is very hard for someone about to graduate high school, or entering college, to know - for certain - what they want to do when they graduate. And so it is difficult to pick a college based on the major that you think you are going to "use" in your career. There are too many variables. People change. The world changes. Job descriptions change. Industries change. Technology evolves. Things never stay the same.
A recent survey of employers by Hart Research Associates, one of the leading research firms in the nation, confirms the value of education in the liberal arts. This survey found that:
- 95% of employers surveyed give hiring preference to college graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace.
- 93% agree that "a candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major."
- Over 90% say it is important that those they hire demonstrate "ethical judgment and integrity, intercultural skills, and the capacity for continued new learning."
- Over 75% want colleges to place even more emphasis on helping students develop critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings.
- 96% state that it is important that candidates are comfortable working with colleagues, customers, and clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Almost all Christendom alumni are working in fields totally unrelated to their majors. And this is a good thing. As mentioned earlier, people normally do not choose Christendom because of this or that major, but rather, because they know that they will be given the tools to succeed in any field they choose: written and verbal communication skills, ability to solve complex problems, to work well with others, and to adapt in a changing work environment.
If our alumni who majored in English had to work in the "English field," or our philosophy majors had to find employment in the "Philosophy field" (whatever that is?), we'd be in trouble. But that is not the case. Our philosophy majors are now airplane pilots or computer engineers. Our Theology grads are running businesses or schools. You get the picture.
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Addtionally, approximately 15% of Christendom alumni have attained a graduate degree, which shows that it is not actually necessary to gain a graduate degree in order to be a success in today's workplace. As a side note, according to the 2010 US Census, believe it or not, only 30% of Americans over the age of 25 have a college degree, and only around 9% have a graduate degree. Those numbers show that a person with a college degree from just about anywhere will be in the top 30% of all Americans, which should alleviate any fear of not being able to find employment soon after graduation, if you have a broad, well-balanced, diverse education (such as a liberal arts education from Christendom).
We invite you to learn more about what our alumni do, and if you have questions about how these alumni have transitioned from their liberal arts background into whatever it is they do, feel free to contact the Admissions Office and they will do their best to try and connect you with the listed alumnus/a.
Did you know that employers want broadly educated new hires, rather than narrowly trained employees.
- Read more here from The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Or from Careerbuilder
- Read this very insightful survey summary from the Association of American Colleges and Universities: It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success
- See what Time magazine says about it.
- The Leaders of Silicon Valley - Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?
Did you know that some of today's most successful men and women have a liberal arts degree?