Chance for workers to gain a new experience
Opportunities abound for workers to progress their careers in regional areas across South Australia, CareerOne Editor Cara Jenkin reveals.
JOBS are going begging in every corner of the state as economic growth and a lack of skilled workers creates a mismatch between supply and demand.
Analysis of 10 regions shows staff are needed in industries ranging from manufacturing and mining to health, tourism, hospitality and business.
Mining already is drawing workers into the state’s regions but it is creating opportunities in most other industries, with an increased demand for services and to replace workers who leave.
Developmental educators Emily Michael, Meagan Mawet and Emily Bassell, all 22, all left the lights of Adelaide and Hills communities after university to work for disability support provider Community Lifestyles in Murray Bridge.
Ms Michael, a respite coordinator, believes it is a step forward in her career.
‘‘The main reason I wanted to work in a country area is the disability service becomes more local. It’s a lot more personal,’’ she says.
‘‘It gives you experience in a whole lot of different areas than a city job, as you’re doing a bit of everything.’’
Ms Mawet, an accommodation co-ordinator, says working in the country is a better location to gain work/life balance and provides more variety to gain skills.
‘‘There’s a lot of areas of this organisation so you’re not sitting in an office every day, doing the same thing,’’ she says.
Ms Bassell, an in-home services co-ordinator, says there is greater support for workers and their career development, particularly to pursue further study.
‘‘There’s no specialised service, you get a broad experience because you’re the only disability service out here,’’ she says.
‘‘I can think of nothing worse than having to compete with traffic and everyone else working nine to five in the city.’’