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AGE was not a con­cern for Suzanne Jef­fries when she de­cided to look for a new job – un­til she went to ap­ply.

“I do think, when you’re over 50, you won­der ‘how will this af­fect me get­ting a job?’,” she says. “There was some nerves there.” The 53-year-old was em­ployed as an ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant at Good­start Early Learn­ing 12 months ago and says she loves the lively, friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

Jef­fries re­ceived ad­vice from a fam­ily mem­ber to keep her re­sume suc­cinct and only in­clude in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the job she was ap­ply­ing for. She also tar­geted her job search to roles and com­pa­nies which aligned with her own vi­sion and val­ues.

Her em­ployer, cen­tre di­rec­tor Bianca Edom, be­lieves many older work­ers have pos­i­tive at­tributes many younger work­ers may not hold.

“Some ed­u­ca­tors come and go from the sec­tor be­cause they are not quite sure where they want to be and which ca­reer path they want to go down,” she says. “How mo­ti­vated you are makes a dif­fer­ence.

“It goes down to them as a per­son, what their val­ues are and whether it’s in line with our val­ues. (Jef­fries has) shown me some things (on the com­puter) that even I don’t know and I’m 29.”

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