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During a time when unemployment is at its lowest since World War II one would think that finding a job would be easy However at this point in time applicants for jobs are more qualified than ever The competition for well-paid jobs is stiff and in order to get ahead people need not only skill in one certain area but a general intelligence of many subjects as well A liberal education provides the general knowledge that gives job applicants an extra edge when applying for a job With a base of knowledge in the liberal arts and a specialization in a certain area people prove to be beneficial to employers Throughout this paper I will use the term liberal education not only in describing subjects like English history philosophy etc but as Livingstone describes a liberal education an education which aims at producing as perfect and complete a human being as may be In using the term liberal education I expect that all graduates of a liberal arts college have an expertise in rhetoric as the art of speaking and writing well is a key focus in the curriculum I will also use the specialized education in reference to Livingstones definition an education which aims at earning a living or making money Undergraduates pursuing a liberal undergraduate education have an advantage over people with a specialized undergraduate education because liberal education provides a greater versatility in terms of a broader base of knowledge so that finding a job and excelling in different areas is easier Training in art of rhetoric which today is defined as the art of speaking and writing effectively is a valuable asset for job hunters Specialized undergraduate curriculums focus less on rhetoric than liberal arts curriculums A person with training in rhetoric would be hired over another applicant due to their expertise in communicating ideas effectively through speech and writing Companies aim to employ intelligent people who can express
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