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 (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an associate professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) and has also been working in the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the TESOL ESP Interest Section (ESPIS), he has served as chair and English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and he is currently the ESPIS community manager. He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.
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