Posts from "March, 2010"

Excellent Website for Career Search Resources

From résumé tips, to networking to search skills, check out the up-to-date information in Jobweb:

New Report Cites Internships as Key to Employment

A 2010 NACE study says that 75% of employers find the internship an essential element of a job candidate’s profile. The study shows a clear correlation between internship experiences and a successful job search. More here:

Goldman Sachs Seeks Liberal Arts Majors

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I met with 3 recruiters from Goldman Sachs today who are in search of excellent liberal arts majors to join their Salt Lake City team. Their mandate is to hire 35% of their new recruits from liberal arts disciplines because the company is convinced that humanities majors bring a unique perspective and set of skills to the table. 

Basically they are looking for similar underlying traits in all of their candidates: intelligence (3.5 or higher), leadership skills, passion, motivation, curiosity, and communication skills, including foreign-language. It is not uncommon for candidates with these skills to be given training by Goldman in business or operations and then be sent to an overseas office.


Interested? Contact the College of Humanities advisement center for more info. 
See also their website for helpful tips for any job-seeking candidate: 

Liberal Arts Not Just for the Rich

A little secret about the wealthy is that they often send their children to liberal arts colleges (or majors) because they know that they’ll become cultivated and learn the kinds of leadership and communication skills that eventually lead to elite and well-paying careers. The paradox is that while the liberal arts are available to everybody, often those who need them most  think that they are useless. According to William Durden, 40% of Fortune 500 CEO’s graduated from a liberal arts college. Read more here: http://chronicle.com/article/Liberal-Arts-for-All-Not-J/27490/

Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair

 From the United States IC website (http://www.icvirtualfair.com):

The United States Intelligence Community (IC), an integrated network of agencies that work together to protect our Nation’s security, is seeking a culturally diverse, technically savvy workforce for exciting careers in a number of fields. Join us at the IC Virtual Career Fair to explore career opportunities, chat with recruiters, and apply for job openings – all from the comfort of your computer!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET

The IC Virtual Career Fair will offer hundreds of career opportunities available in a diverse array of disciplines, including:

  • Cybersecurity/Information Assurance
  • Engineering and Physical Science
  • Foreign Languages*
  • Information Technology
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Law Enforcement
  • Many others

A Humanistic View of Economics

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Richard Bronk, the author of The Romantic Economist (Cambridge U. Press, 2009) gave two fascinating talks on the BYU campus last week.

The author revisits various Romantic critiques of the Enlightenment, in particular of the “rational actor” that economists often use to theorize economic activity.

The book is the perfect example of a non-humanities field being enriched by historical, philosophical and literary insights.