How to embed career prep in the undergrad experience

July 27, 2020
As higher education undergoes substantial transformations, “career preparedness is more important than ever,” writes Steven Mintz. The author argues that colleges and universities need to ask how to best prepare new, existing, and returning students for a turbulent economy. To this end, Mintz provides seven suggestions regarding how institutions can embed career preparation across the undergraduate student experience, including increasing systematic assessment of student skills and interests; apprising students of shifts in the job market and structure of employment; instituting courses that address contemporary work life; increasing experiential and applied learning opportunities; and establishing preprofessional centres. “I suspect that many students could do better if our institutions provided them with more information about employment opportunities and gave them straightforward ways to build their skills,” concludes Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (International)