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Joanna Casaburri

Matt Reeds advocates adding a career exploration/soft skills gen ed requirement to the college curriculum. His opinion is partly based on conversations with industry advisory boards who have concerns about students' social and interpersonal skills. He seems convinced that "some sort of college success/career navigation course" could be beneficial.

I personally would find this type of course helpful. Without wanting to blame smartphones or social media for the entire problem, I do think we, as college students, could improve our communication skills. As a community college student, I feel that focusing on careers for an entire semester could help give me some direction. As Reed has hinted, there will be a battle over whether such a course should carry academic credit. I agree it is a battle worth fighting.

Joel Lara Martinez

In his article, Reed argues that employers and company officials have been complaining about students or young individuals not taking their jobs seriously. These officials credit this non-engagement to phone usage/distraction. Reed on the other hand explains how this lack of dedication is due to the lack of career exploration that these young individuals carry.
Reed mentions that society has left behind the teachings of soft skills and focused more on the necessity of academics. Reed explains how this change has set society back from reaching potential standards. In regards to soft skills or career exploration, students are not receiving enough of it. This leaves the students unprepared to enter the real world. Reed emphasizes the necessity of these skills by stating that he has heard many complaints and it is time to make a change.
I think Reed definitely implies the need for these new skills are important if the newer generations are to succeed. He points out the need for these skills as life changing, and this can be seen when he talks about how these skills might help the students find a job they actually enjoy and spend less time doing things they have no interest in. His points are very relatable because I wish I had been taught some sort of soft skills/ career exploration, so I agree with him completely.

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Tim Stein

In his article „Career Navigation as a Gen Ed” Matt Reed is arguing for career navigation to be a part of general education by sharing his own experience from attending meetings and conferences with different employers. He claims that even though many of them blame smart phones and social media for their employees´ lack of social skills, the actual reason is their lack of intentional career exploration. He supports that claim by sharing what he experienced during his summer-temp jobs at the same age. Also, Reed is mentioning how times changed since the early ages of college education and how college is no longer for the rich people alone. He is stating that the academic categories still refer to these early ages. Therefore, he argues for a revision of said categories to gear students up for today’s employer expectations. By doing all this Matt Reed is saying who cares and who is affected by college students lack of career exploration and making the case for career navigation as a part of general education.

In my opinion, Matt Reed did a good job of demonstrating the importance of his proposal. Before I started studying I was doing an apprenticeship at a big company in Germany and as a part of that, we switched departments every six months, giving us a good overview of the overall departments and their tasks. Imagining I didn’t do my apprenticeship, I would feel unprepared to make a choice where to work after finishing my studies. Some might say that today's labor market is very volatile, and people are switching jobs every two years anyway. Although they are correct, they fail to consider the financial aspect of people being placed in the wrong job. Not only is their motivation low, but the company is also facing higher costs due to mistakes they might make or extended training they need. Therefore, I agree with Matt Reed for the need of career navigation and exploration as a part of general education.

Remington S

I think a course with this kind of curricular would be very beneficial to students. Focusing on the weaknesses pointed out by the article could help turn these into strengths. I do think that smartphones and growing technology is not all to blame, but it is a major impactor.

Brandon Porras

After reading this article I see where the author is coming from when it comes to kids not knowing that the generation today of kids coming to work is not that well at working at all. they blame cell phones and much more of today's activities that we have now. However, people do not realize that it is the parents of those kids who are to blame they did not want to raise their kids the way they were raised and it has created an endless cycle of being lazy and not wanting to do anything. the career navigation should be implemented but it already has been in years past during our education the only problem with it is it is working but kids are just lazy and do not want to do anything just because of their parents and how they raised them.

Angela Hernandez

In this article, we can see how Reed is arguing that the social skills in kids nowadays are very different to how they used to be in older generations. Most people say that it is because of the smartphones that are keeping teenagers nowadays from improving social skills but when in reality, the phone issue has been a problem that has been around since 2001. He also explains how back in the day, wealthy men would send their sons to college while the females faced tougher social demands. Reed tells us how most college students are not fully wealthy now and they do struggle financially just to even go to school, he does a comparison from back then to now and we can see how people are not getting the training they need in and outside of class. He wants to make this change by trying a career exploration/ soft skills requirements.

Baylee C.

Matt Reed has a good argument as to why young people lack social skills. His argument is blaming social media and smartphones. This is showing how much time young people are on their phones, and are lacking in face-to-face conversations and interactions.

What he doesn't seem to mention is the increase of social anxiety and mental disorders. These things can affect how people interact with others and how well they interact with others. There has been an increase in social anxiety and mental disorders at the start of the 21st century. It is more common today to see multiple people with these disorders that are not good at interacting with others.

Smartphones cannot be the only thing to blame when it comes to young people and their lack of social skills. There is not only one underlying issue. Matt Reed does have a good point when it comes to putting a soft skills class in the college curriculum, this could help those with the anxieties and disorders be able to get a better chance of being hired as well as those that are on their smartphone too much.

Javier Sanchez

In this article Reed explain how soft skills are hard to find in todays employment atmosphere. He explains how soft skills are needed as Gen Ed courses. He explains through experiences with other employers that it is hard to find many people with these skills. Although many people blame smartphones, Reed blames the lack of career exploration. He wants a change in academia in which more skills need to be found

Hericberto Zarate Cruz


In my opinion Reed did an excellent job in presenting his argument. Reed showed us the importance of having these skills and why it is important to employers. He also gave a solution that would potentially solve the current problem that we have with college graduates. I agree with the idea that this should be a require course as part of your general education in college because, by acquiring these skills you will choose a career path that is right for you and ultimately be happier in life. According to Reed, “Yes, the interdepartmental warfare would be intimidating, as each area tries to protect “its” credits, but the students need it. Seems like it’s worth a shot...”(Reed, 2018). Exploring this idea and even implement would ultimately do more good than harm.

RoyAl Montoya

In the article, Reed discusses the flaws in general education. He claims that general education does not demonstrate the necessary work ethic skills to today’s youth. Many people blame smartphones for the lack of social skills in today’s youth. Smartphones do minimize the need for face-to-face conversations which I understand why today’s youth would not have superb communication skills. .

General education also does not prepare students for career exploitation. Students are not given the chance to tread different areas to find what they are passionate about; this makes it difficult for students in college to choose a career that they know they will enjoy. As well as courses that would teach students necessary day-to-day skills. Financial aid does not cover elective courses. Students will have to pay extra for courses that they would like to experiment with. Students must That being said, I agree with his argument.

Jeffrey Vasquez

Reed is saying that colleges should implement a new general education course that would help students explore career options and improve their soft skills. Reed states that the course should be for credits but that it would be difficult to do because some areas “protect” their credits. He establishes that career navigation and soft skills are important because students are expected to know how to use these skills when dealing with clients in the real world. We aren’t taught the skills but employers expect us to know them. Reed uses chapter 7 when explaining why this all matters.
He makes a good point that colleges should offer a class in general education that helps new students find a career or improve soft skills. These skills are useful in most jobs and are not taught to us but we are expected to know them. His point on the course not being an elective makes sense because a lot of students use financial aid to go to school and can’t afford to waste the money or lose it taking an elective. Of course, making the course worth credit would be difficult as he mentioned but it would be very useful for students.
I think Reeds proposal is a good one because a lot of students don’t know what kind of career they want when they first get into college and end up wasting valuable time and money. The second reason I agree with his idea is because the soft skills that would be learned in these courses could prove to be very useful for employers. I think implementing this kind of course into the general education would have helped me greatly as a student.

Giovanni Cuellar-Garcia

The author Matt Reed from Career Navigation as a Gen Ed argues that by incorporating Career navigation as a general education course, students will further develop their social skills and interpersonal skills. Reed uses the method “why it matters” to emphasize the importance of adding career navigation as a requirement in general education. I agree with Reed; I think career navigation can benefit students by reducing the time to make a career decision, and reduce the stress associating with selecting a career, and most importantly help improve their human skills.
Matt Reed establishes the importance of career navigation as a general education course by relating his argument to the skills that hiring managers are seeking, and the changing cultural diversity in customers. An example provided by Reed was about diversity in customers. Managers want their employees to know how to assist different customers with different cultural backgrounds properly, so it’s important to polish our social and interpersonal skills. Matt does an excellent job of providing a convincing proposal. I think a career navigation course should be a general education requirement to better prepare students for their careers. I can relate to Matt’s story of having to work in jobs where I did not decide to work there because I like the job, but rather the need for a job was the reason.
There are many reasons why community colleges should require career navigation courses as part of general education. Social skills and interpersonal skills are essential in every career that involves socializing, so working in a job that we enjoy can further develop our soft skills.

Marie Andersen

The article “Career Navigation as a Gen Ed” by Matt Reed is about social skills and career choices. It describes a decline in the “soft” skills, which is another word for people skills. These are skills we need in our everyday life when interaction with other people. Furthermore, Reed describes why choosing the right career is important for motivation and performance. To achieve how to choose the right career, people need to be able to know themselves and their goals. Reed stresses, through his experiences, that soft skills are not as well developed as they once used to be, which is why employers are searching for it with new employees. Reed further stresses how soft skills are very important whit his statement: “In every single case, without exception, the employers have had the same request ‘it’s the social skills, the interpersonal skills’” (Reed, 2018). In other words Reed says that soft skills are important as they will prepare people to handle conflicts and sensitive personal subjects. Reed also mentions that he feels that training of soft skills need to become part of the general education of students.

Reed states that career navigation is important as people will work with things they actually like doing. Thereby, they will be more committed and motivated to work harder. If people don’t know what type of job or activity they prefer, it will just be a paycheck for a work that is more or less irrelevant to them. This is stressed in Reed’s quote: “If students get better at identifying what would work for them from the outset, they might be likelier to find their ways into jobs that they’d find engaging” (Reed, 2018). Personal skills also matters according to Reed as they are needed to get most jobs. Reed states we should have young people “who can deal with difficult people, who can maintain poise under stress, and who can, frankly, fake enthusiasm when they need to” (Reed, 2018). This is why Reed thinks we need to introduce courses about these soft skills into our college educations.

To me Reed’s points seem valid and I can agree with his view that we need to educate people better when it comes to the soft skills. He stresses why his points are important and he has me convinced that it is a good idea to try to make improvements on this field. Reed catches the attention of the reader by stressing how important the skills are to the readers as individuals. And that we need to make the changes in understanding and education interpersonal skills, as these will help finding a career that match each individual. We should care about soft skills and career navigation as it is an essential part of working with other people. Improved social skills will lead to fewer conflicts at the work place and people will have tools on how to solve those problems, if they ever come along. Therefore, better understandings of these points are very beneficial to everybody.


Reference: Reed, M. (2018). Career Navigation as a Gen Ed. Posted on: Inside Higher ED. Retrieved: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/career-navigation-gen-ed

carlee sichel

In this article, Reed is explaining his own thoughts on colleges and how they need to add in new curriculum that could help students explore "career navigation" and "soft skills". He believes that young adults nowadays are lacking many necessary skills in dealing with different kinds of people and real world situations. These skills are not taught in most places, but it is a standard for many jobs. Reed believes that adding these kind of classes would greatly help people gain the skills necessary to get good jobs.
Yes, it would be difficult to have these classes offered because its's already a struggle to get the classes necessary for each major and graduate, but Reed thinks it would be worth the struggle. Reed uses chapter 7 of They Say/ I say when explaining why he feels these classes are so important. He offers a valid point that these skills are not taught, but would be extremely helpful for young adults (and all adults for that matter).
I agree with Reed's proposal because I also think career navigational skills and people skills are important in the work force, as well as every day life. It is true that a lot of students lack the skills necessary for work and careers because classes for those are not offered. Implementing this kind of course would be greatly beneficial for both students and employers.

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