There’s no question that the modern career landscape for new college graduates has drastically changed since 50 years ago. The skillset now needed to succeed after college is radically different, but universities’ program structures and educational goals have remained much the same, creating an unfulfilled student need.
Time for an update
Students are still attending college in droves, but are now finding that degree programs stop short of offering them the 21st century skills and social capital they need to succeed after college. Many students now want the same modern skills that employers want, plus the social capital that comes from developing leadership and entrepreneurship skills, coupled with real world experience.
In a series of first-hand conversations with students, we found that keeping up with these 21st century needs has led students to take on extracurricular opportunities that they believe will fill this gap and help them navigate the postgraduate world.
This behavior indicates that students are looking for more than just a degree from their university, however, the guidance from institutions when it comes to extracurriculars varies greatly. Students cited spending significant time testing activities through trial-and-error or finding their niche through personal recommendations: leading to unequal choice and outcomes for these same students.
We’ve contended that universities owe it to students to provide a modern, broad-reaching curriculum to meet that need, rather than leaving it to…