Interesting article about fledgling creative ways of enabling tomorrow's employees acquire the hands- on practical experience and skills that employers demand, without falling into the unsatisfactory trap of over-reliance upon internships. At the same time these new arrangements appear to match an increasing desire amongst workers to achieve a flexible, portfolio career. How employment regulations react in order to adapt to the continuing cycle of change will remain an ongoing dilemma for both employers and workers alike.
Consulting also offers a promising approach to exploring career possibilities and trying out potential long-term employers or career paths. In LabMate’s case, Sahay told me, “creating a very clear path … for postdoctoral fellows to gain traction through short-term consulting gigs” could make the platform “one of the solutions” to the current career mess