Make a new connection
Take a moment to look outside the square before locking in your future, writes Adam Hegarty
JOBSEEKERS are urged to consider career pathways in more than just their desired field to increase their chance of landing their dream job.
Employers say many people often are surprised to find the job they have had their heart set on for years does not actually suit them.
Work choices they had never considered, however, may be right up their alley.
That is the mentality Australian Industry Group Training Services spokesman Gary Simpson says people should take to the National Careers and Employment Expo.
‘‘ In my experience a lot of people who have a go at something, such as work experience at school in plumbing or carpentry, either say it’s really what they want or they realise it’s not for them,’’ Simpson says.
He says, particularly in the area of trades, people are more likely to stumble upon a job that suits by visiting workers in the relevant profession.
‘‘ I think these days, when people have to make up their minds when they’re quite young, that’s extremely difficult, particularly for the path they have to take in school,’’ he says. ‘‘ I think it’s really important for people to have a very good look at what options are available to them.
‘‘ A lot of people are surprised that trades are still open to them. Traineeships are still available to older people.’’ Expo exhibitors, such as AIGTS, will offer career information for everything from defence jobs to arts roles for workers in various stages of their working life.
They will provide jobseekers with a chance to look at options available to them if they keep their minds open, broaden their approach and try something new.
Visitors intent on finding information on one career path are encouraged to approach at least one other unrelated exhibitor and take home information to consider down the track.
School students, in particular, are encouraged to explore many options, no matter what year they are in at school.
Simpson says you never know when the information may come in handy.
OPPORTUNITY: AIGTS spokesman Gary Simpson, right, with Oiglass training coordinator Brett Elsworthy and industrial electrician Josh Konc.