23. No Dilemma at all: The Importance of Liberal Education in Developing Skills for Employability

D. Bruce MacKay
2011 Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching  
Some suggest there is a dilemma in post-secondary education between the tidal pulls of career- or disciplinary-oriented education and liberal education. A survey of University of Lethbridge alumni indicated that they found their liberal education important for developing skills that are valuable in life and work after graduation. Specific skills the Conference Board of Canada (2000) identified as important for employment success were indeed skills which alumni say they developed during their
more » ... ped during their liberal education experience. I argue there is no dilemma at all and that liberal education does provide skills for employment success.
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