Step­ping up work am­bi­tions

Age no bar­rier for ca­reer drive

The Gympie Times - - CAREERS - Me­lanie Burgess

GET­TING older does not have to mean step­ping back from your ca­reer, with a new sur­vey re­veal­ing more than half of 55 to 64-year-olds in­tend to start a new job be­fore they re­tire.

Re­search from job site SEEK found 27% of work­ers in the age bracket planned to get a new job in the next year, while a fur­ther 20% in­tended to do so in the next four years, and 8% in five or more years.

About three in five 55 to 64-year-olds re­main in full-time em­ploy­ment, a slightly lower pro­por­tion than the 67% in the to­tal work­force.

More (41%) older work­ers are part time or ca­sual than the 33% av­er­age for all work­ers as they tran­si­tion into re­tire­ment, rather than jump into it.

Ali­son Mon­roe, na­tional direc­tor of ca­reer tran­si­tion com­pany Sageco, says fewer peo­ple see a fin­ish­ing line at the end of their ca­reer.

They are work­ing for longer and many con­tinue to earn in some ca­pac­ity right through their so-called “re­tire­ment”.

Mon­roe says up­skilling has be­come eas­ier for work­ers as ed­u­ca­tion is more ac­ces­si­ble.

“If you want to ac­quire new skills you don’t have to en­rol in a three-year diploma or at­tend a face-to-face class,” she says.

“We are see­ing such an ac­cel­er­ated ac­ces­si­bil­ity to short bite-sized learn­ing, such as on­line cour­ses or TED talks or e-learn­ing mod­ules.”

Rand­stad’s Work­mon­i­tor re­port re­veals older work­ers are the most com­mit­ted to up­skilling to en­hance their em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

Ninety per cent of Aus­tralian work­ers aged 55 to 67 and 93% of those aged 45 to 54 be­lieve in reg­u­larly re­fresh­ing their skills and com­pe­ten­cies. This com­pares to 84% of work­ers aged 18 to 24.

De­spite un­der­stand­ing the im­por­tance of up­skilling, more than half of older work­ers (52% of those aged 55 to 67) feel they have not re­ceived ad­e­quate train­ing or ed­u­ca­tion to stay up to date in their ca­reers.

Three-quar­ters say they need more job-re­lated or vo­ca­tional skills.

In the past 12 months, Aus­tralian work­ers across all age groups have en­deav­oured to up­skill them­selves through at­tend­ing a work­shop, sem­i­nar or con­fer­ence (43.7%), study­ing or at­tend­ing train­ing (31.9%), com­plet­ing an on­line course (28.9%), par­tic­i­pat­ing in a per­sonal coach­ing ses­sion (8.9%) or con­sult­ing a spe­cial­ist (4.2%).

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