We should applaud the fact that
academics, careers advisers and employers are working together to give
students, including those studying arts and humanities subjects, the
opportunity to add to and apply the many skills they are already
developing through their courses (Students could boost marks by showing
‘corporate skills). But it is wrong to suggest that it is just the big
“corporate” that value the ability to think, to communicate those
thoughts, to negotiate, to motivate and lead others etc.
Such skills are also vital to our
public and not-for-profit sectors, to small and medium-sized
enterprises, to society as a whole and to the individual outside work.
Tomorrow’s graduates will undoubtedly need to demonstrate that they
possess them, not only to find a job and be successful in the workplace,
but especially if they aspire to leave the world a better place. So
it’s good to be able to reassure the next generation of students and
their parents that university is a place where they will not only be
enriched by the study of their chosen subject but that they will emerge
ready to play a full part in both the economy and wider society.Your
present position is a stepping stone to your new career. Moving to a new
career is going to require new skills and qualifications. The corporate
job that you have right now has taught you many skills which you can
use for your next position.