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Most Read Hey, big spenders: the Eastern Cape wants you. Should universities pursue employability-based partnerships with companies, like McKinsey or BAE Systems , that have served dictators and made wars more deadly? As every individual academic and every course we teach come to be integrated into the employability agenda, they will become ethical considerations that we all have to address. We need to help students navigate the world of work as it is: one in which the greatest rewards all too frequently flow to the most callous and exploitative participants; where far too many jobs seem to serve no good purpose whatsoever; and where work that really does do good — like caring for the elderly and children — is often the lowest paid.
It's up to organisations to keep unethical and inappropriate behaviour under check by having leaders who can instil the correct values in their. The participants in the fourth panel discussion considered how organizational structure and culture can affect, nurture, and sustain ethical values. A just organization communicates openly about decisions after the fact to effect improvements, and it commends rather than punishes.
At its best, higher education can help shape citizens who will dismantle that world and rebuild it on the basis of new, better values. An attitude of open-ended, critical enquiry may be the greatest gift a university can cultivate among its students and its staff as well. It may also be one of the things our societies need most right now.
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University of Birmingham Video. Reader's comments 13 1 Submitted by cbridle on June 20, - pm. We are told to act more like businesses. Would any other business accept being held responsible for a complex outcome that they have no real control over and involves innumerable other actors? Would a restaurant accept being held responsible for the health and obesity of a customer five years after they last eat there?
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Why do universities accept these extraneous responsibilities? Is it because VC's hanker after the much desired 'Sir' or 'Dame' title and these are only handed out to government Quislings? I finished this article none the wiser as to whether the author thought helping students to develop skills that will stand them in good stead in the workplace is a good or bad thing. What I did feel though was being almost oppressed by the sanctimonious tone, with the author appearing to view highly paid jobs as socially useless - unless the person does penance by giving lots of money away - and implying that lowly paid jobs are conversely somehow almost automatically socially virtuous.
I think it's a little bit more complex than that And casting career choices and salary levels in 'moral' terms when most people's career choices are fundamentally about having to get a job to pay the bills does not strike me as very helpful. I am left wondering where on this scale the author would place their own job? Among the socially meritorious or the socially useless? And on what basis would they arrive at that conclusion? I think the article is pretty clear about the kinds of jobs I think are socially destructive.
The main point, though, is to counter the position put forward by recent UK government rhetoric, that the best way to measure the success of universities is by measuring the pay-checks of their alumni.
You don't have to turn that completely upside down to accept that it's a morally stunted vision of what universities are all about. Let's be honest here. Daddy and his friends are probably going to get her a job in Finance anyway. Playing "charity games" is what they would expect from a daughter so there is no real risk to her from doing this.
What this reveals says more about the sorts of students that he deals with and, as such, very little about the more difficult choices faced by working class student - to work and contribute to the family or study. When more and more universities are creating punitive attendance policies which punish those who need to work there are more important ethical issues than advising the privileged few on the choices they have. Most students just dont get this level of choice and the ones that do, dont really need our support to get jobs.
I'm suspecting that the author hasn't spoken to many University Careers Advisers before making these judgements. First and foremost our work is student-centred, so we talk with the student about what their values are and how they can work to a future job that allows them to best express those. So in this case, it might well be that the best option is to work with the charity - but we do also introduce the 80, hours philosophy of 'money first, philanthropy later' - and, crucially, empower the student to make their own choice as to which is best.
And I suggest he looks at the work of Tristram Hooley on careers guidance for social justice as well.