Age an advantage
Mature-age graduates can offer employers more than just their qualification, Lauren Ahwan reports.
cently with their rights, it would be worth reacquainting themselves and knowing what their employer’s rights and responsibilities are, as well as their own.’’
IBISWorld general manager Robert Bryant says short ‘‘leisure education’’ courses – such as creative arts, cooking, health and wellbeing, dance and languages – often are pursued by mature-age students for personal reasons but they subsequently can herald a rewarding career change.
Former finance worker Nevena Simic, 57, studied English at the University of Adelaide after migrating to Australia from Yugoslavia in 1998.
She subsequently completed a social work degree and will soon finish a master’s in grief counselling.
Now a national project officer at COTA Seniors Voice, she overcame several hurdles in her hunt for work.
‘‘I was going through double concerns, not only because of my age but because of my language . . . my strong accent is going to stay forever,’’ she says.
‘‘But because of my life experience and maybe because I’m a person who likes a challenge, I developed the confidence in myself so that when I went to present myself, I made sure I stood out. I developed all different strategies for all different circumstances. I’ve spent a lifetime finding myself. Employers should know there’s value in that.’’
Nevena Simic, 57, who will soon finish her master’s degree in grief counselling, has overcome hurdles in her search for work.