9 Aug 2023
Careers Sector Snapshot: August 2023

Why is a yearning for stability rising among employees? How are upskilling, side hustles, and education accommodating non-linear career paths? Can a softer approach to work help people find balance between self-care and ambition? And what’s behind the rising wave of strikes across industries?

Dr. Naeema Pasha is the research lead at MKAI and a leading expert in inclusive leadership and behavioural science. Previously the director of the Institute for the World of Work at Henley Business School, she conducted groundbreaking research on the effects of race equity, Gen Z, the four-day week, AI, and other mega-trends impacting work. She is recognised as one of the top global influencers in AI ethics and is regarded as a thought leader in inclusive leadership within the HR community. Her co-authored book, Futureproof Your Career: How to Lead and Succeed in a Changing World, has garnered widespread acclaim.

Anastasiia Fedorova is a senior insights editor at Canvas8. A writer, curator and cultural strategist, she specialises in art, fashion, design, technology and visual culture. Her personal work explores sexuality, identity and queer communities while interrogating our place in a world shaped by rapidly changing technologies. As an avid sci-fi fan since teenage years, she is always interested in thinking about multiple and diverse futures.

Rebecca Smith is the Head of Toolkit at Canvas8. With a background in psychology, she has worked with global clients such as Google, Nike, and Mars, exploring everything from what people want from a fake tan to Gen Z’s relationship with social media. Outside of work, you’ll find her binge-watching reality TV, listening to hyperpop, or with her nose buried in a fantasy novel.

Alex Strang is a senior insight editor at Canvas8 who used to be in a punk band that was signed, shaped, and spat out. He enjoys using his experience of being the product to help brands understand how to sell theirs. After studying philosophy and critical theory, he found his feet in the market research world and has been over-analysing consumer behaviour ever since, including his own. He can usually be found playing board games, watching Seinfeld, or trying too hard to make his daughter laugh.

Dan McCarthy is a sub-editor at Canvas8. After completing a degree in history and American studies at the University of Manchester, he was drawn to editorial work with an emphasis on culture. In his spare time, he can be seen falling off climbing walls, listening to outdated music, and exploring the outdoors.