Critical Self Employment

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Understand self-employment in a more critical way, and develop practical skills related to a future working for yourself.
This intensive introduces students to self-employment in the UK labour market today, where the self-employed make up 15% of the labour force. It critically analyses questions around business as well as tax and benefit policies and how they relate to (in)decent self-employment. It also teaches students the foundations of how to become and what it means to be self-employed, including legal formats and accounting requirements to prepare students who want to become self-employed for success. Lastly, it trains the skills and attitudes needed for self-employment: it gives students tools at hand to foster their entrepreneurial skills including the ability to deal with uncertainty and risk, sales and negotiation skills, self-awareness and self-efficacy, and how to build a growth mindset to persevere.
Key InformationPoints40Effort10 hoursPrerequisitesnoneRelease Date7/10/2020
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Rebecca Weicht is a researcher at MMU’s Centre for Decent Work and Productivity and associate lecturer in the Dept of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability. She is an experienced educator in entrepreneurship, having built and scaled an international non-profit (Bantani Education). She researches the intersection of entrepreneurship and social policy.