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What Employers Want

Employers in the United States and around the globe seek employees who can think independently, work collaboratively, ask questions and solve problems. Eastern’s Liberal Arts Core — focused on five key Learning Outcomes and grounded in 11 High Impact Practices — prepares students for success in graduate school and the workplace. In addition to the knowledge and skills taught in more than 40 Eastern majors and 65 minors, employers are looking for the broad-based competencies described in Eastern’s five Learning Outcomes.


* Independent surveys conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities

91% of employers agree that for career success, “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major.

80% of employers agree that, regardless of their major, every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.

96% of employers agree that “all college students should have experiences that teach them how to solve problems with people whose views are different from their own.”

78% of employers say that “all college students should gain intercultural skills and an understanding of societies and countries outside the United States.”