Work-ready Skills

One of the challenges today is to find staff who are work ready and will bring long-term potential to an organisation. In addition to solid academic qualifications, they need well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, be able to interact productively with other people and to think creatively.

Furthermore, with Australia's position in the Asia-Pacific region there is a need to understand different cultures and have a culturally diverse workforce. This means recruitment has a more regional and domestic focus. International contacts can provide networks into regional markets where long-term relationships are important.

Technological changes, trends like globalization and generational characteristics have added new dimensions to being work-ready. While having technically savvy staff is important in any organisation, there is a downside to the increasing use of technology in the learning environment. The main casualty of the rise of Web-based learning is the development of skills around communications and presentation, the ability to develop relationships and to work as part of a team. The virtual learning world provides students with minimal face-to-face contact and discourages the skills of collaborating, communications, debating, negotiating, etc.

Technology has allowed the use of the Internet to tap into information networks with great efficiency. On the other hand, there is an increasing tendency to "download, cut and paste" at the expense of developing drafting and writing skills.

 

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