New career momentum for liberal arts grads: Sauder School of Business at UBC announces Early Career Masters (ECM)

    VANCOUVER, March 28 /CNW/ - Philosophy majors take note: Job futures for
liberal arts graduates can be as bright - or brighter - than their
counterparts completing more applied university degrees.
    To help accelerate career trajectories, the Sauder School of Business at
UBC has developed the Early Career Masters, a one-year master's degree in
business management specifically designed for graduates from non-business
programs such as arts, science and engineering.
    Traditionally, arts graduates face a bumpy road in the early years. Those
from liberal arts programs experience twice as many weeks of unemployment
immediately following graduation compared to applied graduates, according to a
2001 study, and their starting salaries are 25 percent lower. But the two
streams eventually equal out by 35 years of age. More impressively, liberal
arts grads take the lead in salary after age 45.
    "Many humanities and social science graduates construct their own career
ladders," writes Oxford economist Robert Allen, formerly of UBC, in his study,
"The Employability of University Graduates in the Humanities, Social Sciences
and Education."
    "The time this requires means that the rewards are delayed, so earnings
increase steeply with age and experience," he says.
    Sauder's Early Career Masters, the first of its kind in Canada, offers
these graduates an opportunity to accelerate their careers and avoid early
employment uncertainty. Students will gain fundamental business skills that
can be applied to a career in any industry or sector - enabling them to
potentially advance into managerial roles more quickly.
    Prospective students who should consider the Early Career Masters
include: fourth-year students and recent university graduates of non-business
programs; candidates with limited work experience seeking to complement their
undergraduate concentration with applied business skills; and individuals
seeking to advance quickly into entry-level management positions. The program
includes an optional internship or international study-abroad experience.
    Graduates of the program receive a Master of Management degree from the
Sauder School of Business at UBC.
    The Masters of Management degree has become well-established in Europe,
and is gaining prominence in North America, thanks to the faster-advancement
career potential it offers graduates. In its "Masters of Management 2007
Special Report", the London-based Financial Times proclaimed that "the masters
in management and specialized masters degrees... are gaining in popularity and
international recognition."
    The inaugural Sauder Early Career Masters' cohort begins studies this
September. The application deadline for the program is May 15.
    Beyond their own coursework, participants in the ECM program can tap into
other professional and academic opportunities with the Sauder School - and by
extension, the school's international alumni network of 28,000 graduates.

    The Sauder School is recognized as a leader among business schools in
Canada. Its programs are regularly included in prestigious rankings conducted
by The Financial Times, The Economist and Forbes Magazine.
    For more information on the Sauder Early Career Masters, visit:

For further information:

For further information: Derek Moscato, Sauder School of Business,
University of British Columbia, P: (604) 822-8345, E:

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