Instructors should build career skills training into classes: Berdahl

February 11, 2021
University instructors should build career skills training into their university teaching, argues University of Saskatchewan Professor Dr Loleen Berdahl. Berdahl outlines three key reasons for instructors to include skills training in their programs. First, doing so helps to fulfill the claims that departments and disciplines are already making about the skills learned through their program(s). Second, career outcomes are expected by the public and governments. Third and finally, teaching career skills is intrinsically rewarding: “In my experience,” write Berdahl, “students appreciate a clear connection between coursework and career competencies.” Berdahl concludes by encouraging instructors to consider why they would include career training in their teaching and to reflect on the instructor’s role in career skills training. University Affairs (National)