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Overview

Keys to Liberal Arts Success helps students understand why a liberal arts degree is a worthy academic pursuit and highly marketable in the workplace.

Based on the best-selling Keys to Success text, this book encourages students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills to reach their life goals.

Students are given concrete advice about taking liberal arts courses while they learn how to acquire skills to successfully compete in today's job market.

  • Discusses how to choose a liberal arts major.
  • Explains which courses will help students build skills required by employers.
  • Profiles liberal arts graduates with realistic accounts of the versatility of a liberal arts degree.
  • Features "The Ten Hottest Marketable Skills" and shows how liberal arts graduates get them all!
  • Emphasizes lifelong learning, enabling students to focus on success strategies for school, work, and life.

Visit our Student Success Supersite at www.prenhall.com/success
Features include:

  • Majors Exploration
  • Career Advice
  • Web Links
  • Tips from Successful Students
  • Student Bulletin Boards
  • Faculty Resources
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130304834
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Figler, Ph.D., was Director of the Career and Counseling Center at Dickinson College for 12 years and Director of the Career Center at the University of Texas at Austin for 8 years. For the past 26 years, he has been a nationally known speaker, consultant, and workshop leader for numerous professional associations, businesses, nonprofit and government agencies, and colleges and universities. He has been head of Howard Figler, Ph.D. Associates since 1990. He is the co-author of The Career Counselor's Handbook (with Richard Bolles), three editions of the best-selling book The Complete Job-Search Handbook, three editions of PATH: A Career Workbook for Liberal Arts Students, and Liberal Education and Careers Today. He holds a Ph.D: from Florida State University, an M.B.A. from New York University, and a B.A. from Emory University. Please write to Howard at hefigler@pacbell.net.

Carol Carter is Vice President, Director of Student Services for the College Learning Network. She has also been Director of Faculty Development at Prentice Hall for the last six years. She has written Majoring in the Rest o f Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students and Majoring in High School. She has also coauthored Keys to Preparing for College, Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Career Success, Keys to Study Skills, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Success. She has taught welfare to work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars Program at the Community College of Denver, and has conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country. She is the host of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, a 26-episode telecourse to helpstudents at a distance prepare for college, career, and life success. In addition to working with students of all ages, Carol thrives on foreign travel and culture; she has been fortunate enough to have been a guest in 40 foreign countries. Please visit her Web site and write her at www.caroljcarter.com.

Joyce Bishop holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has taught for more than 20 years, receiving a number of honors, including Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000. For five years she has been voted "favorite teacher" by the student body and Honor Society at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA, where she has taught since 1987 and is a tenured professor. She has worked with a federal grant to establish Learning Communities and Workplace Learning in her district, and has developed workshops and trained faculty in cooperative learning, active learning, multiple intelligences, workplace relevancy, learning styles, authentic assessment, team building, and the development of learning communities. She is currently teaching on-line and multimedia classes, and training other faculty to teach on-line in her district and region of 21 colleges. She also coauthored Keys to College Studying, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills. Joyce is the lead academic of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, distributed by Dallas Telelearning.

Sarah Lyman Kravits comes from a family of educators and has long cultivated an interest in educational development. She coauthored Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills and has served as Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. In that capacity she helped to formulate both curricular and organizational elements of the program, working closely with instructors as well as members of the business community. She has also given faculty workshops in critical thinking, based on the Thinktrix critical-thinking system. Sarah holds a B.A. in English and drama from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar, and an M.F.A. from Catholic University.

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Read an Excerpt

This book was written to answer several persistent questions heard from liberal arts students around the country. Here are these questions and how this book will help you respond to them: 1. Why Should/ Study Liberal Arts Rather Than a More "Vocationally Oriented" Curriculum?

A liberal education offers both career benefits and personal benefits. It allows you to have the best of both worlds-an appropriate education for the fast-changing, diverse world of work that exists today, and a breadth of learning that attunes you to the issues of life that affect everyone, regardless of their career aspirations or personal goals. 2 What Kinds of Liberal Arts Courses Should I Take?

This book gives you insights about the skills to look for in your liberal arts courses that will have a lasting benefit in your career. These skills are not found in course titles as much as they are between the lines of the syllabus. It's up to you to investigate courses beforehand to see which ones will maximize these valuable skills. 3. How Should I Choose My Liberal Arts Major?

Most students have an erroneous understanding of how their liberal arts majors relate to career opportunities. This book clears up the question of major and careers and helps you to see that your possibilities are far broader than you may think. 4. What Advantages Can I Anticipate in the Job Market as a Liberal Arts Graduate?

There are numerous ways in which your liberal education will help you progress in your work and adapt successfully to the rapidly changing and unpredictable world of jobs and entrepreneuring. This book will enhance your confidence inapproaching your career, regardless of the kind of work you may want to do. 5. How Do I Find Social Value in My Career — "Good Work"?

Not many liberal arts students ask this question, but it comes up frequently after graduation, so it is useful to address it now. This book will show how your liberal education makes it possible for you to find many opportunities for "Good Work."

This book will help you to understand what may seem to be a paradox—that nonvocational courses, liberal arts, can enable you to progress greatly in the world of work. This is because liberal arts courses go above and beyond the mere acquisition of information or technical skills. They enable you to learn intellectual skills and adopt a creative perspective that you can apply to any new body of knowledge or set of problems. Even more importantly, you learn to reflect on the impact on humanity of the decisions you make in your work. You're not a mere technician. You're an actor on the stage of life.

Howard Figler

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Table of Contents



Introduction: Why I Am Writing This Book.


 1. Liberal Arts: Seeking the Well-Rounded Life.


 2. Liberal Arts Courses: Learning Across the Spectrum.


 3. Your Liberal Arts Major: Choosing and Using It.


 4. Self-Awareness: Knowing Who You Are and How You Learn.


 5. Goal Setting and Time Management: Mapping Your Course.


 6. Critical and Creative Thinking: Tapping the Power of Your Mind.


 7. Reading and Studying: Maximizing Written Resources.


 8. Note-Taking and Writing: Harnessing the Power of Words and Ideas.


 9. Listening, Memory, and Test-Taking: Taking In, Retaining, and Demonstrating Knowledge.


10. Advantages for Liberal Arts Graduates: Succeeding in the Job Market.


11. Liberal Arts Graduates Do “Good Work”: Seeking Betterment of Community and Self.


Endnotes.


Index.

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Preface

This book was written to answer several persistent questions heard from liberal arts students around the country. Here are these questions and how this book will help you respond to them:

1. Why Should/ Study Liberal Arts Rather Than a More "Vocationally Oriented" Curriculum?

A liberal education offers both career benefits and personal benefits. It allows you to have the best of both worlds-an appropriate education for the fast-changing, diverse world of work that exists today, and a breadth of learning that attunes you to the issues of life that affect everyone, regardless of their career aspirations or personal goals.

2 What Kinds of Liberal Arts Courses Should I Take?

This book gives you insights about the skills to look for in your liberal arts courses that will have a lasting benefit in your career. These skills are not found in course titles as much as they are between the lines of the syllabus. It's up to you to investigate courses beforehand to see which ones will maximize these valuable skills.

3. How Should I Choose My Liberal Arts Major?

Most students have an erroneous understanding of how their liberal arts majors relate to career opportunities. This book clears up the question of major and careers and helps you to see that your possibilities are far broader than you may think.

4. What Advantages Can I Anticipate in the Job Market as a Liberal Arts Graduate?

There are numerous ways in which your liberal education will help you progress in your work and adapt successfully to the rapidly changing and unpredictable world of jobs and entrepreneuring. This book willenhance your confidence in approaching your career, regardless of the kind of work you may want to do.

5. How Do I Find Social Value in My Career — "Good Work"?

Not many liberal arts students ask this question, but it comes up frequently after graduation, so it is useful to address it now. This book will show how your liberal education makes it possible for you to find many opportunities for "Good Work."

This book will help you to understand what may seem to be a paradox—that nonvocational courses, liberal arts, can enable you to progress greatly in the world of work. This is because liberal arts courses go above and beyond the mere acquisition of information or technical skills. They enable you to learn intellectual skills and adopt a creative perspective that you can apply to any new body of knowledge or set of problems. Even more importantly, you learn to reflect on the impact on humanity of the decisions you make in your work. You're not a mere technician. You're an actor on the stage of life.

Howard Figler

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