Prelude to employment

 

I found it interesting that Barry University includes questions about conducting employment interviews and how many internships might be available for Barry students to pursue in negotiations with potential vendors. Certainly this is a valuable service for its students. What I did find troubling about the tone of the May 9 article, Colleges work to stay relevant, is the implication that college education is merely a prelude to gainful employment.

I don’t view a college education as a mere preparation for work. The center of academia shouldn’t be career training. Critical thinking and communication skills, along with a broad knowledge base, should be the result of an ideal college education. Such skills will serve the student better in the long run than narrow training for work.

John Goehl, Biscayne Park

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