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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.
Beyond the gender wage gap there is a problem of persistent underemployment. Pexels

What we miss when we focus on the gender wage gap

Focusing on the gender wage gap means we don't address increasing insecure work. Women face both higher unemployment and underemployment rates than men.
The report says young people are much more likely to be in casual and part-time work than at the turn of the century. Julian Smith/AAP

Youth underemployment at four-decade peak: Brotherhood report

Underemployment among young people is now at its highest in the 40 years since it has been officially counted, according to a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence released on Monday.
Despite the prominence given to underemployment, ‘overemployment’ is more pervasive in Australia. AAP/Julian Smith

Push for longer hours makes headlines, but more Australians want to work less

Australia's labour market does a relatively good job of accommodating the preferences of the majority of workers. But that's not to say there's no-one who wouldn't prefer to work more – or less.
Intergenerational mentoring benefits both older and younger colleagues, as well as their employers. Marcin Balcerzak/from www.shutterstock.com

Tackling hidden issues for older workers delivers wide-ranging returns

Many hidden obstacles confront Australia's older workers, so what workplace changes can be made to maximise the benefits and reduce the problems of an ageing population?

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