Why LAB? Liberal Arts Graduates and Career Outcomes

A laboratory for life after graduation. A bridge from the Liberal Arts to a meaningful professional life. A Liberal Arts Bridge to the first job, the next thing, and the future.

When students leave Saint Mary’s College with a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts, they take with them the intellectual breadth, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, interpersonal and intercultural habits, penchant for lifelong learning, and facility for adaptation that promise success not only in their first job, but also in the next one, and the one after that. They are ready to adapt and succeed in jobs and industries that don’t yet even exist. Despite popular misperception, liberal arts graduates are faring well in today’s technology-focused economy. They advance more quickly and end up earning as much as or more than do their peers who majored in business or some STEM fields.

But we also know that liberal arts majors, nationwide, tend to take a little longer finding their first professional position. Experience tells us that it isn’t because they’re not competitive candidates: it’s often because they just haven’t had the guidance or structured opportunities to think intentionally about, explore, and prepare strategically for the move from graduation to full-time employment. This is why we’ve launched LAB.