Fewer loans for liberal arts majors? WFU career expert available

Mercy Eyadiel

Will non-business majors have a hard time getting college loans if Donald Trump becomes president?

Sam Clovis, the national co-chair and policy director of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee suggests that might be the case, as first reported by Inside Higher Ed today.

Clovis suggested Trump may put forth policies that limit borrowing for students who intend to major in liberal arts degrees at so-called non-elite schools.

“If you are going to study 16th-century French art, more power to you. I support the arts,” Clovis said. “But you are not going to get a job …If you choose to major in the liberal arts, there are issues associated with that.”
Wake Forest University Associate Vice President, Career Development & Corporate Engagement Mercy Eyadiel is available for broadcast, phone and email interviews.

Eyadiel has provided expert commentary for a wide range of national and regional media outlets on the path from college to career and what employers are looking for in grads. She can discuss myths related to liberal arts majors and career success.

“It is a mistake to discourage students from pursuing liberal arts majors especially when the research is clear. The closer your interests match your work the more likely you are to succeed and be happy.” Mercy Eyadiel, Associate VP, Career Development & Corporate Engagement

“Employers are looking for new hires with excellent communication skills who can collaborate, innovate and problem solve with people different from themselves. From math to music to psychology to Spanish, a liberal arts curriculum helps students develop, practice and master these skills that translate into not just a first job out of college but a job for the changing workplaces in 2025 and beyond,” says Eyadiel.

As a national leader in rethinking the college to career experience, Wake Forest has been at the forefront of transforming the traditional, outdated concept of “career services” into a holistic, four-year approach to personal and career development. Most recent first destination data show 98% of the Wake Forest undergraduate class of 2015 are either employed or in graduate school (based on 90 percent knowledge rate.)

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