What do you recommend for a first-generation college applicant, a liberal arts education or a professional program?

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Jon Semcer Points0
To be honest with you, I do not think being a first generation college student is the issue here. When weighing the paths to a degree, what is important is how prepared do you want to be to enter the work force. Both paths will prepare you and each will give you skills and each give you the opportunity to be a candidate for a job or to continue to graduate school.  A liberal arts education trains you for nothing, but prepares you for everything. Because liberal arts give the student a wide variety of course work in writing, logic, history, philosophy, world languages, math, literature, and science, the student has been exposed to good writing, the ability to express themselves verbally, the ability to read and comprehend quickly.

Being able to solve problems is inherent in the liberal arts with math, science, and perhaps even philosophy. Employers like those types of individuals. An employer can train you to do the job within reason and when you couple that with the writing skills and speaking skills you have a winner.

Professional training has it place -- difficult to fake it as an architect, an engineer, or a doctor (some do enter med school as liberal arts majors). Even professional training programs recognize the value of  writing courses, public speaking, and other liberal arts based course work.

It comes down to personal feelings and what type of education you want and what your future goals might be. Both will serve you well.
Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0
Whether your student opts for a liberal arts education or a professional program, they will leave either with a solid foundation ready for the workforce. The professional programs are designed for those students that are attending college to learn a skill set such as those abilities associated with being a vet, or a doctor, or an engineer. The liberal arts education will sharpen those skills necessary to your student to work as part of a team, to problem solve, to think outside the box, to write, reflect, research, and prepare presentations which is often what employers are in search of. I would suggest though that you think about what you would like to study in college because there would really not be cause to enroll in a professional program unless you are interested in being an engineer, architect, lawyer, etc. Good Luck!

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