The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is prioritizing experiential learning to equip students with the skills employers seek. Programs like Riipen, part of USask's career education initiatives, provide students with project-based work experiences in collaboration with industry and faculty. Nancy Turner, the director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, emphasizes the importance of adapting to changing workforce demands and preparing graduates for the evolving job market. USask's Career Services team helps students recognize and articulate their acquired skills, while also building relationships with employers and community partners to enhance students' career prospects. The university's focus on experiential and work-integrated learning strengthens both the institution and society-industry relationships.
“Few people are going to stay on one career path, and even if they do, our knowledge is evolving at an increasing pace,” said Nancy Turner, director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement at USask. “As employees, as citizens, we're going to need to keep up with that change on an ongoing basis."