Creating Opportunities for Apprenticeship in Writing
Business and industry leaders often cite communication skills as one of the most important skills for their new employees to have, in the same breath reporting that the college graduates coming to work for them "can't write." It seems to be assumed that if writing instructors at the university just did their job better, students would enter the job market with all of the writing skills needed for their careers. However, it may be that college writing instruction, as it is now conceptualized and situated within the academy, will never be able to adequately train students for the rhetorical tasks they will face on the job. In other words, it may be that writing classes cannot really make a substantial difference in people's abilities to write well within their workplace contexts. If we want to help people develop these abilities, we may have to dramatically reconceptualize the task of preparing writers for the world of work.'