One hundred and fifty years ago, the Fathers of Confederation gathered in Charlottetown to reimagine the future. Another gathering of leaders in P.E.I. this week won’t result in a new country, but it has the potential to reimagine the future of skills development in Canada and set us on a better path to prosperity.
Bridging the divide between academic and professional development.
Shawn Read's insight:
Many faculty need to stop working in their artificial bubble and get on the same "plane" as the students they work with and the communities they work in. These important stakeholder groups are seeking knowledge, skills and experience that will enable learners to be successful .....be it Grad School and / or a Career.
We need to stop thinking that academics and career are mutually exclusive of one another. They are not. Together they form a complete educational picture for students attending institutions at the post secondary level.
With less than 10% of university students going on to grad studies, how can we possibly justify faculty motivation and existence to educating our students to get into grad school. This is not the reality for the vast majority of students, so why are we not focusing on their 21st century needs. Unless one is independently wealthy, almost all students will be seeking a career at some point.
Universities need to evolve from their 19th and 20th century educational raison d'être and wake up to the reality of the changing global landscape.
I'm a fairly recent grad, and as disheartening as this may be, it was nowhere near easy to land a job--or even an interview--after graduation. I blanketed resumes, stalked people on LinkedIn, and scoured through company's websites, only to receive no call back.
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Graduation time is just around the corner, and the local news is rampant with stories about college graduates who do not have a job. In my opinion, there are just too many people in the world and we need some form of population control to keep the job market strong.