WORK­OUT All about chem­istry

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SCIENCE grad­u­ates are wanted but they have un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions about the in­dus­tries that will em­ploy them.

The good news, how­ever, is that stu­dents wish­ing to study science are on the right track. Kelly Sci­en­tific Re­sources, which works with univer­si­ties and the science in­dus­try, says there is strong de­mand from phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, food, chem­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­dus­tries.

‘‘ There are crit­i­cal short­ages in the science in­dus­try, es­pe­cially in the field of chem­istry,’’ says Kelly sci­en­tific di­rec­tor Anne Sabine.

‘‘ We are cur­rently try­ing to at­tract more stu­dents to study science by pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity to gain in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and there­fore real job op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

About 40 per cent of the de­mand, in Kelly Ser­vices ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­ists in the field of chem­istry. But stu­dents are un­aware that high-pay­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment jobs are not so com­mon, Sabine says.

‘‘ There is room for bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween ed­u­ca­tion providers and the science in­dus­try,’’ she says.

Home makes sense

IT makes en­vi­ron­men­tal sense to work from home.

About 87 per cent of the peo­ple in a sur­vey by linkme.com.au feel the gov­ern­ment should of­fer in­cen­tives to Aus­tralian busi­nesses so that more of their staff can stay home and work.

The facts are com­pelling: twothirds of Aus­tralian work­ers drive to work and about 30 per cent of them spend al­most two hours a day com­mut­ing.

‘‘ Th­ese sta­tis­tics show it’s time em­ploy­ers and gov­ern­ments worked to­gether to come up with a so­lu­tion,’’ says linkme.com.au chief ex­ec­u­tive Camp­bell Sal­la­bank.

‘‘ If gov­ern­ments of­fered tax re­lief for em­ploy­ers set­ting up re­mote ac­cess ca­pa­bil­i­ties it would be a great in­cen­tive to en­cour­age this re­form.’’

Trust­ing em­ploy­ees to work at home is an is­sue with em­ploy­ers, Sal­la­bank says, but those with re­spon­si­bil­ity could be ex­pected to out­per­form, con­sid­er­ing they can save com­mut­ing time.

Two wheels bet­ter

RIDE your bi­cy­cle to work on Oc­to­ber 17.

About 60,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to take part as Ride to Work Day be­comes na­tional this year.

‘‘ Cy­cling is a great way to re­duce car­bons and the cost of daily liv­ing, plus it makes you feel health­ier and hap­pier,’’ says Na­tional Ride to Work Day di­rec­tor Heidi Mar­furt.

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