YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
I’VE BEEN A STAYAT-HOME MUM FOR 20 YEARS AND SCOUT LEADER FOR 19 YEARS. I CAN’T AFFORD TO DO A COURSE. HOW DO I GET WORK?
LISA MORRIS DIRECTOR, HAYS
Identify the skills you gained through your experience as a scout leader that could transfer into the workplace, such as communication, teamwork and leading and developing a group of young people. Then pepper your CV and applications with examples from your time as a scout volunteer. Build your skills by utilising free resources, such as online tutorials on software packages. Follow industry leaders on LinkedIn, TED Talks, YouTube feeds, Twitter and other social media.
JUSTIN HINORA EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, HENDER CONSULTING
Don’t underestimate your transferrable skills or the value of your network developed over the last 20 years. Highlight your skills in time and project management, juggling competing priorities, stakeholder management, leadership, budget management, etc. You may not be able to transition in to your dream role immediately, so consider a role that might be a stepping stone towards your preferred role, if you are finding it difficult.
DR NERIDA HILLBERG DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, FERRIS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Convey the many skills you have developed as a scout leader. Consider how you’ve mentored, coached and developed your scout teams. Use your informal networks to search for roles as many are never advertised. The more of your contact pool you reach out to the better. If you are applying for an advertised role, let employers know you are open to further study, training and upskilling.
ALEXANDRA ROSSER HEAD OF ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY CONSULTING, STILLWELL MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Identify the type of job you would like to have and the skills, knowledge and experience required to do it. Consider whether you have developed any transferable skills. Look at specific organisations and online sites that help women return to work after extended leave. Talk to family, friends, business contacts and acquaintances to see if anyone has any opportunities available.