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Four things that count when it comes to employability: the reputation of the university, networks/ connections, experience, and type of work. shutterstock

Four things that count when a South African graduate looks for work

Universities shouldn’t only attend to the knowledge and skills graduates need for work but also the factors that give graduates a better chance of earning a living and participating in society.
Explicitly teaching graduate students project management - a skill set they typically learn through trial and error - could mean better research and employability. (Shutterstock)

How universities can really help PhD grads get jobs

Graduate students have much to offer the non-academic workforce based on critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Universities need to help them articulate these skills for employers.
Uber has sparked protests around the world. It is seen as exploiting its own drivers and harming those employed in regulated taxi industries. Justin Lane/AAP

Uber drivers’ experience highlights the dead-end job prospects facing more Australian workers

Many Uber drivers do their job because the alternatives are worse. It’s an unhappy work choice faced by an increasing number of Australians.
Big Issue sellers get social contact and dignity out of their work, but it’s not a secure pathway out of poverty and homelessness. Joe Castro/AAP

This is what the lives of Big Issue sellers tell us about working and being homeless

Big Issue sellers get social contact and dignity out of their work, but it’s not a secure pathway out of poverty and homelessness. Social enterprises enable small steps; governments can do much more.

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