Time to cast aside the “skills gap myth” and address the skills awareness gap: OUSA authors

October 25, 2017

“Despite the fact that we are a student and a recent graduate of a postsecondary program, we admittedly have difficulty articulating our skills and competencies,” write Victoria Lewarne and Marc Gurrisi of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. The authors note that students’ lack of awareness about the skills they learn in PSE is a major contributor to the “skills-gap myth” that pervades much of the discussion around higher ed today. Rather than lacking the skills employers seek, today’s students lack the ability to articulate and provide evidence of these skills. The authors offer examples of several resources that can help schools build students' awareness of the skills they are learning. HEQCO