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Male Candidates Wanted

The first job advert I’ve seen specifically asking for men to apply as part of a minority

This is an interesting advert that my wife (who’s an artist/curator) showed me the other day – which also just happened to be International Women’s Day.

It’s the first time I’ve seen a job advert specifically asking for male candidates. Readers who are recruitment consultants and have their finger on the pulse may know if this is part of a trend or not…?

As current UK and US graduates become more and more female (a ratio of about 2:1 women:men currently) I wonder if we’ll see more of this kind of advert?

We still need way more balance on boards and very senior roles, where men still out-number women in alarming proportions. However, as those “top” men’s fingers are gradually prised from the biscuit tin, might we see at the other end of things a dramatic fall in the number of men qualifying for any kind of professional or knowledge-based work at all?

The other notable thing in that advert of course is around BME applicants, where these issues are amplified even further.

Men, Leadership & Teaching

The social pressures that get in the way of men choosing teaching as a career

Three men I know chose to become teachers recently. To university, to secondary education and with young kids in primary education. For each of them teaching is a second career.

All faced versions of the inevitable questions:

  • “Teaching is a bit of an escape from the rat race isn’t it?”
  • “How will you earn enough to support a family?”

The social pressures behind those questions explain why men are increasingly absent from taking a real, hands-on lead in how education is delivered.
I don’t mean in policy-making, where some of the wrong ‘old’ men continue to cling to power, but at grass-roots level, actually directly influencing young minds.

Studies show that boys and young men are outperformed by girls and women at all levels of education and that these differences are reinforced by teachers’ expectations. The impact of low male educational achievement is a real ticking time-bomb in the west and continues to have a negative impact in the workplace and the dole queue. Education should have a balanced approach so that the needs of boys are better understood and better represented. And both boys and girls need men as positive role-models in the classroom.

Personally, I’m really proud to know those three men. Wouldn’t it be great if more were to follow their examples? And I’d love it if we would stop expecting men to prioritise earning-prowess above the choice of a career with meaning and soul.

And we need to pay teachers what they’re worth.


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