College of Social Sciences

74% of employers recommend a liberal arts education to prepare for success.

(Hart Research Associates, 2013)

Career Advising

lynnCollege of Humanities and Arts/Social Sciences Liaison

Lynn (Chang) Lewis | lynn.chang@sjsu.edu

M.A. in Counselor Education, B.A. in Psychology and Graphic Design


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Summer '17 Advising Hours

6/5 - 8/31, Closed 7/4

Appointments:

Open to all currently enrolled students and recent graduates through June 30, 2017.

  • Tuesdays 10 - 11:30 AM in ADM 154/255

Log onto SJSU Handshake to make an appointment.

Can't make these times? Check our general drop in hours and appointments here.


Resources by Major

Check out our resources by major for information on where SJSU students and alumni work, common career tracks, job and internship sites, resume samples, and job search tips!


Career Tips

curriculumtocareerOne of your greatest advantages of being a liberal arts major is that you are able to apply your skills to a diverse range of careers. Not only do you possess the skills that employers are looking for, but your coursework in the liberal arts allows you to best articulate those skills in a resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile. Some of the skills you learn include how to:

  • Analyze from multiple perspectives
  • Target research to find accurate information
  • Concisely communicate necessary information
  • Influence diverse groups of people
  • Understand and meet people’s needs at various levels
  • Synthesize large amounts of data into important key themes
  • Recognize and break barriers

Target your applications by applying these key skills directly to the position you are applying for. Ask yourself “How can I add value to this company?” For example, through learning about human factors, you are able to identify potential responses an HR change would make at various levels of the company and provide the best solution to not only improve company success, but also employee satisfaction for a higher return in investment. Then, back up these statements with examples of how you would do so for the company, or how you have solved a similar problem in previous experience or coursework. By utilizing the skills you are best at, you will sure be on your way to success!