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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 30, 2014

Canadian Excellence

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)