Paid work

  • What is your experience of finding work that is right for you?
  • How do you feel about your current job? If you're unhappy in it, do you feel able to find another job?
  • Is your job as secure as you would like?
  • Are there enough opportunities for you to progress your career? What could help you?
  • Are women discouraged from becoming leaders?
  • How do you feel about your pension?

Why the contribution is important

Whatever your experience of working life, your opinion matters.

These are just an idea to get you thinking about working life.

You're welcome to answer as many of the above questions as you like, write about something else that's related, or make a suggestion.

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by Megan_LeicesterCC on October 28, 2019 at 12:32PM

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  • Posted by MANAN001 January 10, 2020 at 16:17

    Are women discouraged from being leaders:
    I don't feel women, especially in the LCC, are necessarily 'discouraged' from becoming leaders or from furthering themselves necessarily. However I feel they are not automatically 'encouraged' in the same way men are. This is not just something that does or does not occur within the LCC but a gender issue in the workplace that needs further progress.
    Often I have found that male colleagues will assume another male is more capable of performing a task, handling responsibility or being capable and therefore will more readily put them forward for higher level roles. Such behaviour appears to be subconsciously performed (sometimes by both men and women) and I feel if the people doing this realised it is actually what they were doing, they would be mortified as I don't think they intend that to be the case. However it is still the case that it happens and very frequently. It is something that surfaces on a daily basis amongst general duties and general conversations and therefore when it comes to opportunities where a higher level role is available, the male is already well ahead in their experience, skills etc as they have been drip fed such opportunities to foster these.
    I also find that female colleagues work is often scrutinised more, almost like they need such work double checking to ensure 'she' has thought and considered all elements before concluding her outcome. I find that the female colleagues often end up having to explain their thought process to how they have reached an outcome before it being accepted, whereas this process doesn't appear to occur for male colleagues and their proposed outcome is just often accepted and not questioned further (i.e. when information sharing in meetings etc).
  • Posted by JE January 22, 2020 at 16:00

    How do you feel about your pension?

    Really worried! My mother has £600 a month state pension + pension credit, and is using her savings to live day to day. Although her mortgage is paid, bills are £150 a month, and then she still needs to eat and run her car! This doesn't even consider social activities, buying gifts for the family, holidays, new clothes, etc etc.

    My retirement age seems to go up every year. Currently I'm expected to work until 68 and am really not sure I could do my current job until that age. I have some private pension saved into, but didn't start this until I was 32/33, so I'm worried it won't be enough.
  • Posted by KMLN February 02, 2020 at 11:38

    There are a lack of skilled part-time vacancies in the city and vicinity. Most part-time work advertised is low-payed. The council actually seem to be more open to part time or to job share, perhaps it could use it’s experience to influence local employers to open their doors to part timers.
    Obviously, due to parenting and caring responsibilities women are more likely to need part time work.
  • Posted by Auri February 11, 2020 at 15:46

    The past week has been all about Apprenticeships Week. Which is quite an eye opener to see how an apprenticeship can be the route to change your career and learn a new trade, while getting paid.

    So in the subject of changing career path, 1 year ago I found myself extremely unsure and stressed about if the job I was doing was right for me. I left my job and decided to enrol into college to study a new trade, Fitness and Nutrition, which has always being my passion. I had to make big financial sacrifices to be able to study. I signed up as self employed doing a bit of work here and there (when I have the time off college) and live with very little means while I'm getting this new career off the ground. Then last week I decided to apply to an apprenticeship as a Sport Coach in the Community . I'm 42 years, got a 12 years old kid, single mum.
    I feel that this apprenticeship will open new doors in the field I've chosen. To my surprise I was invited to an interview even though it was for young people and now I'm waiting to hear the outcome.

    Would have being great if there's more apprenticeships catered no just for 16- 24 but also for single mothers or women who want to change career at a later stage in their life. More advice in how the Universal Credit system work around doing an apprenticeship is also needed, as sometimes one tend to think that the apprentice's salary is way too low, but for what I've researched Working Tax Credits top it all up as if you were earning a normal salary as long as the apprenticeships is 16 hours or more. One is also able to receive help with Housing Benefit as well. This is based on the circumstances of a single mother like myself.

    We need a discussion around how single mum's women can forge a new career, learn new skills , getting a qualification while on the job, with the apprenticeship route, what help and support is available. It would be an absolute game changer for many of us stuck in a route with no knowing what job to do because the lack of skills or caring responsibilities.

    Would be amazing if the Council set the example of setting an apprenticeship scheme for women facing such issues.

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