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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.



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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Devin R O'Rourke

Technology as we all know, has changed our way of life and will most definitely continue to change the future because that is why we have invented it. However, consequently we are seeing its effects in real time right now. According to Reed, “In every single case,… the employers have had the same request : It’s the social skills, the interpersonal skills”(Reed 1). With technology purposely supposed to help us advance in our day to day lives and allow us to become more efficient, we are witnessing first hand younger people being immersed into this technology and becoming left in the dust when it comes to possessing basic communication skills- more specifically seen at work.I definitely agree with Reed and his blog because I have witnessed the lack of communication skills throughout school and work first hand and can concur that enrolling in public speaking classes or any other speech oriented class would definitely increase ones skill.Expanding ones communication skills today are vital to getting a job and succeeding in today's work force due to the emphasis of communication with others.

Reed, Matt. “Career Navigation as a Gen Ed.” Career Navigation as a Gen Ed, 10 Oct. 2018, www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/career-navigation-gen-ed.

Vito Anthony

Business, in today's society, doesn't always happen face to face as it once did. Today's communication depends on conference calls, as well as email chains, which makes it harder to build relationships with your work partners. After reading this blog, written by Matt Reed, I do agree that there has been a lack of communication skills within the upcoming generation, including our own. I have taken a speech class at my old university, and have always felt weird speaking in front of a group of my classmates but then after class make a conversation to them about my speech and how weird I felt. Ironic, right? I feel that the lack of communication,face to face,is a problem in today's society and we should act on it. Schools and workplaces should increase the amount of public speaking in class, to ensure that when students get out into the workplace, they're comfortable communicating with others.


Matt Reed is strongly suggests the need for a general education to be a requirement for the generation of this time. He bases this idea off of the constant talk for the need of social and interpersonal skills from advisory board meetings that he has attended. He expresses this by stating smartphones are not the blame, but the fact society teaches academics more than the soft skills, as well as the fact soft skill are presented as less important than academics. He supports that claim by sharing what he experienced during his summer-temp jobs at the same age. He also expresses colleges are no longer for just the well off and that certain skills that used to be ignored can no longer be ignored at that time. Today times are different so there are certain skills that jobs look for. Lastly, Reed states in his argument that people pick jobs because they need a one for financial reasons, but they do not love their job. He insists on colleges forming an early career choice class to help people find a job they would love to help them work on their soft skills. I do agree with the idea the soft skills are not taught in schools and that teachers focus more on academics as well as the idea jobs do not train workers to have these skills. I believe Matt Reed did a good job of demonstrating the importance of his proposal. Some might say that today's labor market changes a lot, and people are switching jobs every two years so learning soft skills is not necessary, but fail to consider the financial aspect of people being placed in the wrong job. He also gave a solution that would potentially solve the current problem that we have with college graduates. Walking into the world, we lack some important skill that when we go for interviews people look for today.


The argument that Reed presents in regards to technology and education is compelling in the sense that the new generations who are coming in for work do not know how to work with the other people in their field. The older generation constantly blames the reason as to why the newer generations do not have certain skills on the newly developed technology that is "...in front of [their] face..." (Reed). This means that the development of technology is inhibiting the incoming workers from working with the other people that is in their field all the while not focusing on the problem that is causing this never ending cycle. Newer generations do not know how to work with other people in their field due to the environment they (the new generation) were made to grow up and learn in. This means that the colleges where the new generations are learning are not giving them (the new generations) the skills that are needed in their field of study. The colleges that are doing this are the main sources of the problem with the development of technology being an effective scapegoat where the problems can be blamed on. This has effectively allowed the older generation to not go back and try to fix what the problem that has developed ultimately forcing the new generation to fix a problem that started many years ago. By having the new generation fix the problems, the older generation is effectively creating a cycle where the next generation does not get the skills that are needed for their work to only not fix the problem for the incoming newer generation. The skills that are needed for the work are developed while the person is working which is when the skills should actually be improved on. This has lead to colleges becoming a location were learning is found but skills are undeveloped.


I believe that colleges class should change as the employer’s request because of the “soft” skills, student purpose, and multiple education. The colleges should provide some class that can fit in the employee’s request. Employee represents the industry’s request. Colleges teach knowledge, and colleges also make sure that knowledge is an appropriate knowledge for the industry’s request. First, most people attend colleges because they want to find a better job. In the U.S, community colleges are the main education foundation. Most community colleges’ students are from a low-income class. They come to college because they want a batter joy and a stable income. Second, the one of college’s purpose is career exploration. The modern college education is not for a single purpose. The college education is a multiple choice. Students can choose what they want to learn or not. Also, colleges continue to devolve their class to fit in the societal request, so college purpose becomes multiple purposes. Career exploration is an important purpose and it is a process of the college development. Third, the “soft” skills are important skills for the people. Colleges should teach people how to control the skill. The “soft” skills represent social skills and communicated skills. Also, the “soft” skills are exact career’s request. The skills are important for the students because these will help students to find a better job. Therefore, colleges should change their class. Moreover, Reed uses his experience to explain why college should change their class. He is an employment expert. He works for four different colleges. His job is helping students to find a job. He has been working for this job since he was in high schools. The “career navigation” and “soft skills” are important for students. The “career navigation” will determine where students can find a job. The “soft skills” is a social skill. The employer pays attention on the skill because they think it is an essential work skill.

josh liddell

The argument that Reed makes is a good one. He believes that the youth today is less in touch with each other because of their dependence on smart phones. They will all sit in a room together playing with their devices rather than talking to one another. This is making their social skills go down the drain. I think there is some truth behind this, being a 40 year old, and not growing up with all the technology kids have at their fingertips today. I believe it is both a blessing and a curse, because kids today have a lot more skills on computers then I do having gone through high school in the mid 90s before computers were in every class. So I think there is a plus to kids using smart devices just as it has its negatives.


Madeline Wooten

In his article, Matt Reed argues that career exploration classes could be very beneficial to students and their future endeavors. Reed notes that while technology distractions may be a symptom, they are not exactly a cause for Gen Ed students not being able to find a career path that works for them. Reed notes that in many cases, students are not learning the necessary "soft skills" that are so commonly used in today's work environment. The author explains that creating a career course within its own niche in the school curriculum would be efficient in helping students find a career that they would like to work towards.

I think that the author makes a valid argument. In many cases, students don't learn "soft skills" (I.e working under pressure, dealing with difficult people, faking enthusiasm when necessary, and engaging positively at work. )in a basic core class. I feel that creating a course designed to teach these necessary skills would be very beneficial to students in the long haul. I also feel that while some would blame technology, I do not think it is a cause for delayed career choices. Cell phones and social media in general definitely generate distractions, but cannot be fully put to blame for the problem. Students need to be taught to explore their options. How can we expect them to know what path they want to take, if they aren't educated about their options?

Sean Wess

Reed is arguing for colleges to incorporate "soft skills" into college curriculum to better prepare young adults for the workplace and to ensure employers are getting a great candidate. These soft skills include how to work under pressure, deal with difficult people,fake enthusiasm and in general how to be a good employee. I very much disagree with Reed on many of his points for many different reasons. College is a place for higher learning. Whether it is an ivy league or a community college. A place of higher learning is not the proper location to teach someone the importance of not being on a cell phone. Each day, every student is already completing the previously mentioned tasks. College is full of pressure and deadlines as well as people from all walks of life. Students must already contend with stress and people they would prefer not to socialize with. Yet they already do it because it is necessary. An independent class would not assist people that are already completing these tasks daily for college credit.

Ryan Wallace

Matt Reed's main purpose for this article is the idea that many students who graduate colleges or universities under Gen-ed are not getting the career skills that they need such as social skills or interpersonal skills. He argues that a gen-ed class that helps improve those skills will have higher enrollment then an elective and help students better prepare for the job market. While I would agree with Reed on the fact that the development of these skills could be invaluable to students who have yet to get their feet wet in the real heart of the economic world, universities and colleges may not be the best setting to implement this level of learning. Universities and colleges are places for a higher degree of learning, academic skills learned there are the type that is hard to come by on typical job training. Better settings could be high-schools or Vocational schools.

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