The/La Collaborative is dedicated to incubating and developing new models for talent-building in the Social Sciences and Humanities. But are the skills we should be focusing on and why?

In this report, we compare what we know about stakeholders’ perceptions of the foundational skills employees need, and the perceptions of university- based social sciences and humanities (SSH) programs regarding their own capacity when it comes to building these competencies in SSH graduates. The conclusion we draw is that SSH’s understanding of what employers need is not aligned with what employers say they need. This misalignment however may not reflect a deficit on the part of social sciences and humanities, but rather a missed opportunity for them to articulate their value.