Today, after completing their university education, young people enter an employment market that favours adaptability, lifelong learning and original thought. They can expect to have a number of different jobs over their lifetimes and need to be entrepreneurial in their approach to make the most of their career prospects. They will benefit enormously from the richness and breadth of a liberal arts education, which offers an all-round preparation for intelligent engagement with every subject. The power of the liberal arts within the 21st century economy is nowhere more evident than in the comment by Apple’s founder and CEO Steve Jobs that the secret of his company’s astounding success lay in ‘technology married with liberal arts’.
The liberal arts are the foundation of an education for freedom and leadership in all walks of life, both personal as well as professional. In its celebration of wisdom, truth and beauty it aims to encourage individuals to be alive to their responsibilities as individuals and within their communities. Liberal arts education offers more than adaptability and improved chances for professional success; it is concerned with the education of the whole person and emphasises the attainment of virtue as a primary goal.
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