Given the large financial and time burdens placed on students pursuing a post-secondary degree, universities and colleges can no longer ignore their role in developing graduate employability. For decades higher education in the United States has grappled with preparing graduates for the labor market, creating a liberal education-vocation dichotomy. Yet, a recent literature review suggests that discourse on this topic has shifted. However, this shift is not without its challenges. This paper summarizes the current literature on employability – what it is, why it’s important, its drawbacks, and its efficacy in the context of the U.S. higher education system.
"Employability, Career Readiness, and soft Skills in U.S. Higher Education: A Literature Review,"
SPNHA Review: Vol. 18:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/spnhareview/vol18/iss1/5