TIPS TO MAKE A LATE CHANGE
I’M IN MY EARLY 50s AND WANT A TRAINEESHIP TO BREAK INTO THE TELCO (NBN) INDUSTRY. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE?
EXPERIENCED DARREN BUCHANAN MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAYS QUEENSLAND
Firstly visit nbnco.com.au and click on careers for information on training program options, approved training providers and NBN accreditation. Specifically, learn about NBN’s Industry Workforce Development Program, which can provide you with the skills and knowledge you’d need “to meet the demand and quality standards for the NBN network”. According to NBN, their “training programs are directly linked to the skill gaps needed to help build, operate and maintain the NBN network”. The website also contains information on training subsidies and the recruitment process.
MID-CAREER ANDREA DAVEY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, EMPLOYMENT OFFICE
No matter what stage you are at in your working life, it is important to do what you enjoy. First, make sure the industry, day-to-day work and lifestyle really are suited to what you need and want. Second, check that you are likely to be able to secure a role in that industry (for example, that there is the demand) and get a clear understanding of what employers will need you to demonstrate. If you need to expand your skillset or qualifications, you should carefully explore what is the most appropriate training program. Your previous experience could influence the type of study you may require.
UP & COMING JULIE FORD SENIOR EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, McARTHUR
The Queensland Government website has helpful information about adult and mature-age traineeships. A quick search reveals an entry course Certificate II in NBN Construction could be a good start. Research the sector and look for businesses servicing this growing area. Call to discuss what they are looking for and where their shortages are. Another good idea is to search current vacancies on SEEK to determine where the most demand is, what are the roles and what skills and qualifications are required. You might have to take a step backward as you re-skill but the potential for a second career is great.
THE EXPERT DR NERIDA HILLBERG DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, FERRIS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Employers are increasingly recognising the tremendous experience and skill sets offered by older Australians. A mature-age traineeship would be a means by which you could enter the telecommunications industry. Research organisations that are recruiting – a simple search of the SEEK website would give you information on the organisations to target. You could also target various registered training organisations (RTOs). Also conduct a search on “NBN”. This will alert you to pathways, processes and training for people eager to enter the industry.