Returning to STEM
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Returning to STEM

Week 4: New ways of working


My father had one job in his lifetime. I will have six jobs in my lifetime. My children will have six jobs at the same time.

Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar

Last week, you looked at trends within STEM industries and the types of careers and job opportunities that are likely to be growing in these fields. This week, you will be exploring the changes that are happening in the way people work and, in particular, reviewing new ways of flexible and agile working that are becoming increasingly possible and widespread. You’ll start by reflecting on what is meant by a career and explore some of the implications of increased flexibility at work, both positive and negative. You’ll then look at different types of flexible and agile working, your legal entitlements; and consider options of working for yourself.

Watch Sue introduce the different ways people work in order to manage their busy lives.

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Hello again. Last week you looked at what was going on in the STEM sector, what trends and new growth areas are likely to be emerging, and who is likely to be hiring people for what kinds of jobs over the next few years. This week, you’ll be looking at the range of working patterns that you might want to consider when you go back to work.
The old patterns of 9 to 5 working are being replaced in many workplaces with more flexible work options that can fit around other commitments. I'm a mum of four. I don't do anything by halves. If like me, you have kids of school age, you'll know how important it is to be able to work flexibly. It just makes life so much easier.
Recent legislation means that employers have to listen to requests and make adjustments where they can. You'll be hearing about job shares, part-time and term-time working and so on. And also considering the pros and cons of working from home and of starting up your own business, giving you the ultimate control over your working hours. At the end of this week, you'll complete the first of your longer quizzes, which will count towards your badge.
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By the end of this week you should:

  • have reflected on what a career means
  • know more about different types of flexible and agile working
  • thought about the pros and cons of home working
  • understand your legal rights and how to negotiate for what you want
  • know more about the pros and cons of being self-employed.

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