Why careers should be at the heart of higher education

This morning I’m at Aarhus University in Denmark. I’m looking forward to a morning of robust debate with academics and careers staff in the institution. I’ll be arguing that we should place career and career learning at the centre of the mission and practice of higher education teaching. I suspect that I will get some resistance to this idea!

However, in recent months I’ve increasingly been thinking that what I’m talking about when I’m describing ‘career learning’ is very closely aligned to liberal education traditions of bildung (dannelse in Norwegian or Danish). I think that these ideas are much closer to many higher education professionals ideas of what higher education is for.

But, we will see. This is what I’m planning to say…

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