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Mr Benjamin P Thomas BSc, PGCE, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student

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Mr Benjamin Thomas is a postgraduate research student within Sociology at the University of Southampton.

My research is in the field of the sociology of work, exploring people’s ability to retrain throughout the life course in the context of technological, social, and economic change.

After ten years as a music teacher, I completed two masters degrees with the Open University and the University of Southampton before commencing my PhD. Retraining and changing career in my thirties has given me first-hand experience of work transitions in ‘mid-career’, and has led to my interest in researching how others will negotiate this major life event at different times during their lives.
As part of the government’s Industrial Strategy funding via the ESRC, I will be particularly focused on the digital and creative industries. The social construction of life-phases related to age, intersecting with other social factors, will be explored in terms of their impact on people’s ability to reskill in these sectors to meet the needs of a changing economy.


BSc Music, Acoustics, and Recording

PGCE Secondary Music Teaching

MSc Development Management

MSc Social Research Methods (Sociology)

Research interests

PhD title: Flexible Careers; New skills acquisitions over the life course. Funded by the ESRC with money from the government’s Industrial Strategy

Supervisors: Prof Pauline Leonard and Dr Rebecca F Taylor

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Mr Benjamin P Thomas
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