What Do Employers Look For?
Matthew William Barrett (former Chairman of BMO and Barclay=s Bank and currently on the board of Goldman Sachs) outlines what he looks for in aspiring employees:
You want people who can think. They won=t necessarily have specific skills anyway . . . I used to joke that if you can find me someone who has a degree in figuring out patterns of imagery in Chaucer=s Canterbury Tales, I can teach him to break down a balance sheet in 30 minutes. What you want is a mind.
A liberal arts education is extremely valuable for someone coming into business because increasingly business is about context as well as about technical aspects. (Globe & Mail 23 Aug, 2012)