Are the competences that institutions of higher
education provide what professionals need?
to a research conducted in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Spain, Mexico
and Peru by Universia, Peruvian graduates are not so satisfied with the level
obtained when culminating their university majors. Satisfaction percentage of
Peruvian graduates is 59% compared to over 70% obtained by Colombia and
main reason for this dissatisfaction is the difficulty graduates face to get a
job immediately after graduating. Only 33% could get a job that relates to what
they majored in while the rest had to take whatever job available.
So what kind of knowledge, skills and
attitudes should a remarkable professional display? Human Resources experts say
that the core skills are not enough, professionals need to develop competences
that provide them with adaptability, ability to learn and willingness to
improve (soft skills).
I strongly believe that as teachers we must
promote the development of soft skills in the classroom as a way of helping our
students meet the demand for future professionals. See summary of the articles and professional competences in the link.