Make a new con­nec­tion

Take a mo­ment to look out­side the square be­fore lock­ing in your fu­ture, writes Adam He­garty

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JOB­SEEK­ERS are urged to con­sider ca­reer path­ways in more than just their de­sired field to in­crease their chance of land­ing their dream job.

Em­ploy­ers say many peo­ple of­ten are sur­prised to find the job they have had their heart set on for years does not ac­tu­ally suit them.

Work choices they had never con­sid­ered, how­ever, may be right up their al­ley.

That is the men­tal­ity Aus­tralian In­dus­try Group Train­ing Ser­vices spokesman Gary Simp­son says peo­ple should take to the Na­tional Ca­reers and Em­ploy­ment Expo.

‘‘ In my ex­pe­ri­ence a lot of peo­ple who have a go at some­thing, such as work ex­pe­ri­ence at school in plumb­ing or car­pen­try, ei­ther say it’s re­ally what they want or they re­alise it’s not for them,’’ Simp­son says.

He says, par­tic­u­larly in the area of trades, peo­ple are more likely to stum­ble upon a job that suits by vis­it­ing work­ers in the rel­e­vant pro­fes­sion.

‘‘ I think these days, when peo­ple have to make up their minds when they’re quite young, that’s ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, par­tic­u­larly for the path they have to take in school,’’ he says. ‘‘ I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant for peo­ple to have a very good look at what op­tions are avail­able to them.

‘‘ A lot of peo­ple are sur­prised that trades are still open to them. Trainee­ships are still avail­able to older peo­ple.’’ Expo ex­hibitors, such as AIGTS, will of­fer ca­reer in­for­ma­tion for ev­ery­thing from de­fence jobs to arts roles for work­ers in var­i­ous stages of their work­ing life.

They will pro­vide job­seek­ers with a chance to look at op­tions avail­able to them if they keep their minds open, broaden their ap­proach and try some­thing new.

Vis­i­tors in­tent on find­ing in­for­ma­tion on one ca­reer path are en­cour­aged to ap­proach at least one other un­re­lated ex­hibitor and take home in­for­ma­tion to con­sider down the track.

School stu­dents, in par­tic­u­lar, are en­cour­aged to ex­plore many op­tions, no mat­ter what year they are in at school.

Simp­son says you never know when the in­for­ma­tion may come in handy.

OP­POR­TU­NITY: AIGTS spokesman Gary Simp­son, right, with Oi­glass train­ing co­or­di­na­tor Brett Elswor­thy and in­dus­trial elec­tri­cian Josh Konc.

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