Saturday, April 21, 2012

In tight job market, liberal arts majors with business acumen will lead way

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There are good jobs to be had for liberal arts majors, but the competition is fierce. Any jobseeker who increases his or her career-building acumen is going to have an advantage.

The Kelley School has long partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences with LAMP -- Liberal Arts and Management Program -- a competitive, honors-level certificate program, and has also shared job-honing skills with the Jacobs School of Music and the Mauer School of Law and other professional schools to help students market themselves better.

Now Kelley is offering that education to all liberal arts students -- at IU and other colleges and universities -- through the The Art of Business Summer Academy.

The three-week program on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University starts in June and is designed to supplement the education of liberal arts students with key career skills -- from personal marketing to networking to developing a leadership style. Housing at the Indiana Memorial Union is available, as is financial aid.

"Our program is designed to provide a sense of vocation, help them to fluently speak the language of business and learn the skills that will make them marketable and promotable," said John Talbott, assistant director of Kelley's Center for Education and Research in Retailing. He shares directing duties for the summer academy with 
Brenda McNellen, a lecturer of communication, professional and computer skills.

Liberal arts students already have highly valued skills -- critical thinking, research, written and verbal communication, a broad understanding of the world. In the academy, they'll learn how to apply those skills in business and organizational contexts by day, and in the evenings they'll have professional dinners with guest speakers, work on networking and have opportunities for personal mentoring.

Classes will be taught by Kelley's world-class faculty supported by expert staff from the school's Undergraduate Career Services OfficeAlumni of Kelley's MBA program who earned their undergraduate degree in the arts and sciences have been invited back to campus to share their insights and experiences.

The program is for students entering their junior and senior years, and graduating seniors. Students with all majors are invited to apply, including those now studying informatics, English, history and the sciences.

The cost without housing is $4,950, and with housing is $5,550. All meals and materials are included. Financial support applications are available on the website. Application deadline is May 15.

Questions about the program? Email

-- Media Manager George Vlahakis of the IU Communications office contributed to this post.