The University of Adelaide is launching a research centre on the changing nature of work and what it means for job skills. Kostas Mavromaras will join UniAdelaide from Flinders U to lead the work. He nominates defence, health and aged care as well as the future for transitioning workers, like those in the former car industry, as priority areas.
Perhaps he will have a word with the people designing the university’s intern programmes for undergraduates. The university already offers a range of programmes, including a 75-partner arts-student scheme. If universities are to defend their claims about what a degree can do in the job market they will need to help students survive in it.