Global Resources in ESP: A Post-College Exam in the US

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

The recent news about the post-college exam in the United States has caused me to think about how we can best prepare our students for employment.

Here are links to two articles on the post-college exam:

  1. MSN News: “A post-college SAT awaits many incoming students
  2. USA Today: “Post-college exam seeks to determine employability

The second article, which is in USA Today, provides a link to a survey that “found that 93% of employers agreed that a candidate’s ability to demonstrate the capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major.” The survey is of employers explaining what they want of new graduates (with two-year and four-year degrees).

It seems wise for ESPers to pay attention to this development. In Japan, I have been coaching students for interviews (for jobs or internships) with non-Japanese institutions. Now, I am wondering how the post-college exam will fit into the screening of foreign applicants for jobs and internships.

All the best,

About Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight (doctoral candidate in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is Chair of the ESP IS (2011-2012) and will become Immediate Past Chair (2012-2013). He teaches English for specific purposes (ESP), business, and organizational leadership in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career Program) and the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. He has over 25 years of experience during which he has worked for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research is on leadership communication and development.
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