WORKOUT All about chemistry
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.