GET A LIFE

Ma­tu­rity car­ries a lot of weight for work in five key jobs, writes Cara Jenkin

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Front Page -

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

So­cial work­ers

THEY HAVE SKILLS TO TRANS­FER ... I REC­OM­MEND PEOPLE DO A SKILLS CHECK

Pic­ture: MATT TURNER

GUID­ANCE: Physics and chem­istry teacher Sean Ven­ning with Year 12 stu­dents An­nelle, Ay­ishm and Sher­win.

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