The Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with Ursula Olender, director of Amherst's career center, for a piece advising graduates on their first steps into the working world. She said liberal arts schools provide important skills for the new job seekers: "When you think about the skills that it takes to advance your career, the people who tend to get promoted into managerial positions tend to be people who are communicating effectively,” she said. “These are people who are thinking outside the box and are creative problem-solvers and people who can manage people and money. People who have that foundation tend to move up in a very efficient way."