GET A LIFE
Maturity carries a lot of weight for work in five key jobs, writes Cara Jenkin
WORKERS who are sick of their jobs but think they are too old for employers to hire need to realise that they have the life experience no younger recruit can match.
It is a crucial asset required for many roles, including five highlighted by Career One that are suffering from skill shortages, have major jobs growth forecast or require minimal study before workers become qualified.
Life coach Bev Brough, director of Women’s Business Now, a network that empowers mature-age women to reinvent themselves, says it is common for older workers of any gender to doubt their ability when they want to change jobs or are considering a career change.
She says many people put themselves “in a box” and think that is all they can do.
“They have skills to transfer to somewhere else,” she says.
She cites the example of a stay-at-home mum who often has developed better organisational skills, first-aid or psychology abilities than the average worker.
“I recommend people do a skills check,” she says. “Highlight the areas they really like and look at how they can use these skills somewhere else.”
She also advises workers to connect with those already working in the desired sector or get work experience before making the change to ensure their choice is the best option for them.
“Have the courage to go back and study and apply for a job,” she says.
Also consider these jobs for which life experience is an asset: Drivers Ministers of religion Prison officers Psychologists and other life advisers
THEY HAVE SKILLS TO TRANSFER ... I RECOMMEND PEOPLE DO A SKILLS CHECK
GUIDANCE: Physics and chemistry teacher Sean Venning with Year 12 students Annelle, Ayishm and Sherwin.