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.

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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.’’

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