Suppose you have just graduated with a college degree and are interviewing for a new job. You discover that due to your poor communications and writing skills as well as your lack of general knowledge that you will not be considered for the position. What would you do? Would you
A. Wonder what is wrong with the interviewer that they can't see that you're the perfect candidate for the job.
B. Wonder how you graduated with all A.s and B.s if you really do lack those skills and knowledge.
C. Wonder what you weren't taught in high school as well even though you graduated from high school with all A.s and B.s as well.
D. Formulate a plan to begin improving your skills and knowledge. Just because you weren't taught these skills or didn't take the opportunity you had to learn them doesn't mean you don't need them.
I suspect that more and more students are going to find themselves in this position although unlike my hypothetical example they will not find out that they are not being considered for the position due to their poor skills. They will simply not get a second call or interview.
They will continue to struggle to land a job or even an interview and never really know the reasons why. To the extent they think about it at all they will probably respond to my question with option A.
While Options B and C are not productive once you graduate it is worth considering before you graduate how much you're missing as you coast through one course after another not really learning anything of value or trying to learn what is being offered. And, it is worth demanding more from your education to avoid finding yourself in a position where you don't have the skills necessary to succeed in an economy that demands and needs well-rounded, articulate, problem-solving, critical thinking dynamic individuals.
For those who have found themselves in this position (or are now experiencing it) you have few real options except option D., You have some catching up to do so get to it!
KEVIN J. BROWNE
Philosopher / Educator