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Non-academic mentors, especially those familiar with the culture of academia, can offer empathy, validation and healthy perspectives. (Brooke Cagle/Unsplash)

PhD students can benefit from non-academic mentors’ outside perspectives

The realities of the job market mean most PhD students no longer work alongside people whose professional paths they will follow. Universities must do more to support non-academic mentorships.
Young people have labour market advantages that will allow them to survive the pandemic if they keep an open mind about location and job offers. (Piqsels)

Young workers can thrive after coronavirus layoffs by leaving big cities

Being flexible about both location and the nature of employment will help youth make the most of the current challenging labour market situation due to COVID-19.
Transport to and from where job opportunities are is a high barrier for young people from poor families. Shutterstock

What could help young people find jobs in South Africa?

A fast growing economy that creates jobs will not automatically reduce youth unemployment due to systemic barriers faced by young people, including skills shortages and malfunctioning labour markets.
Workers’ falling share of national income is helping to fuel the trade union campaign to ‘change the rules’. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

To tackle inequality, we must start in the labour market

While government payments and programs go some way to reducing inequality, the transformation of the labour market and its institutions has cut workers' share of the pie to historic lows.
Gig platforms don’t have a large share of the labour market yet. Mavis Wong

Australian jobs aren’t becoming less secure

There is very little evidence that overall labour market insecurity is getting any worse. Trends are stable for rates of casualisation, churn, self-employment and multiple job holders.

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