Proactively teaching students how to articulate their skills: Opinion

January 19, 2022
Faculty should take a greater role in ensuring students learn how to articulate their skills and competencies for employers, writes Rachel Toor. Noting that faculty members in STEM and professional fields in particular tend to help students get jobs, Toor calls on the arts and humanities to think more about students’ future careers. Toor discusses various ways that staff and faculty have come to gether to help their students recognize their marketable skills, such as connecting co-curricular activities with skills sought after by employers, ensuring curricula competencies match what employers are looking for, engaging students in experiential learning, and incentivizing student engagement in career fairs. “I think it’s incumbent on all of us—especially those who know the back-breaking burden of student loans—to help our students get jobs,” concludes Toor. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) (Editorial)