VALUES SHINE THROUGH AT ANY AGE
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.”