Writing competences of university graduates at work
Knowledge about the specifics of different writing cultures is essential when preparing students for writing tasks in their professional life. Above all, it serves to develop suitable concepts for supporting improvement of student writing skills (vgl. u.a. Beaufort 1999, Jakobs, Lehnen Schindler 2005).
Aiming at a deeper understanding of writing requirements at different workplaces, the Austrian writing centre of the Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt, Carinthia, conducted a broad study. Data from 56 different corporations and from a variety of public institutions was gathered. Additionally, persons in executive positions and members of management were interviewed about their views on writing competences. They were asked whether or not their employees’ skills were satisfactory on a professional level. The results of the subsequent discussions provided enough information to enhance some concepts for dealing with students’ shortcomings. The results now are considered a base for shaping modules for different types of studies which are relevant for the students’ careers in the future. A step further, concerning suggestions of the participants of the study, would be to develop customised courses for postgraduate professional education for the different corporate branches.
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