Growing the STEM of Agriculture

Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry. But, its workforce is not realising its potential. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals are in demand within the Australian agriculture sector. The problem is a lack of knowledge about how to best attract new STEM talent into the industry and also keep the skilled talent already in the field. A solution is to develop more effective strategies to boost their careers within this vital industry

USQ and ACCELL PhD researcher, Kristen Lovric, is using different perspectives focused on agriculturalists’ beliefs, feelings and needs, and how their work and organisations contribute to their intentions to persist in their careers. We know that agriculturalists–Soil and Plant Scientists, Agronomists, Plant Pathologists, Entomologists, Research Assistants, Precision Agriculture Technicians, Laboratory Technicians, Agricultural Engineers and Biostatisticians, just to name a few–are crucial to agriculture’s future. How can we support their careers?

We will donate $1 to Rural Aid (up to the value of $300) for every STEM professional in agriculture who complete a 15-minute online survey about their careers.  This survey will inform how we address the big challenge of boosting STEM professionals’ careers in agriculture.

If you’re a STEM professional in agriculture then please click here: https://surveys.usq.edu.au/index.php/426436?lang=en

If you know a STEM professional in agriculture then please share our page and encourage them to complete the survey.

You can follow Kristen’s research journey on Twitter here: @LovricKristen

Psychology Theories for Work in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Career is word that sums up a person’s whole life with regard to work and learning.  The word “career” does not have to mean “profession”. No matter how young or old, inexperienced or advanced, every person has a career that involves work of some kind–paid, unpaid, voluntary, full-time, part-time, casual, contract, self-employed, etc.  Work, in all its forms, is inherent in humanity. Continue reading “Psychology Theories for Work in the 4th Industrial Revolution”

Work Conversations and Identity

When I think about the role of work in people’s lives, it all comes down to two factors:  What gets you out of bed in the morning, and what keeps you awake at night?  Conversely, this might be put as: What stops you going to work in the morning, and what lets you sleep as sound as a baby, satisfied in your day’s work? Philosophical these questions may be, but they are the core questions considered by workers themselves, and those who are meant to motivate them, such as human resources professionals, career counsellors, and psychotherapists.  Continue reading “Work Conversations and Identity”

Workers, Work, and Wellbeing: What About Flexibility?

What makes work empowering and meaningful? Work can be a great source of personal esteem and wellbeing. Unfortunately, at certain stages in careers, work can be disempowering and exhausting for some people. Why? What is it that tips the balance for work being positive or negative? ACCELL researchers are exploring how psychological flexibility influences a person’s career. Continue reading “Workers, Work, and Wellbeing: What About Flexibility?”