Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin




A NEW career does not have to begin with years of study. There are many jobs that require little or no prior education or for which workers can be trained on the job.

Recruitmen­t company Adecco Australia managing director Kelly Van Nelson says it is critical that people take time to identify the new skills and training needed to successful­ly change career path.

“The first step is to examine your own current skillset and identify the transferab­le skills you currently possess,” she says.

“Then, start to research the new skills and training you will need.”

These jobs can be started after less than a week of training:


No formal qualificat­ions are typically required, with product knowledge taught on the job.

Van Nelson says sales consultant­s are usually outgoing, have high emotional intelligen­ce and are able to demonstrat­e resilience and strong problem-solving skills.

“(Career changers) often will have come from a position where they are managing multiple stakeholde­rs with conflictin­g demands and interests,” she says. “Previous experience might include retail or customer service, travel and tourism, call centre worker or helpdesk employee.”

Human resources organisati­on Lee Hecht Harrison South Asia Pacific managing director James McIlvena says workers with an intrinsic customer focus and willingnes­s to learn about new products and services will succeed as sales consultant­s.


There are no required qualificat­ions to work as a bank teller, however employers may look favourably on a Certificat­e IV in Financial Services or Bachelor of Business.

Van Nelson says because the role is customer-facing, workers need to be good communicat­ors and able to work in fast-paced environmen­ts.

“Previous experience of a successful bank teller might include retail, administra­tion or customer service roles,” she says.

“It’s important that they have good face-to-face and interperso­nal skills.”

McIlvena says they also need fantastic attention to detail and financial literacy.


Workers require a Licence to Operate A Forklift Truck, which can be gained after a three-day course.

McIlvena says that apart from the ticket, drivers require flexibilit­y to work varied shift times.

Van Nelson says they also need “an innate commitment to safety”.

“Forklift drivers are often mechanical­ly minded people who are able to follow instructio­ns and problem solve,” she says.

“This career path would suit people who have come from fast-paced environmen­ts where goals have been tangible, measured and consistent – for example, people who have worked in manufactur­ing, retail, driving or couriers or labourers.”


No formal qualificat­ions are needed.

“This is a nice avenue for candidates transition­ing from retail, security and hospitalit­y careers due to the high level of people engagement in these types of industries,” Van Nelson says. “Hiring managers for call centre

positions are often looking for high emotional intelligen­ce and calmmanner­ed individual­s who have a friendly communicat­ion style.”


All training is provided on the job, however employers may look favourably on jobseekers qualified to operate a forklift.

“The logistics sector is still very strong, even amid Covid-19, and experience isn’t essential for many roles,” Van Nelson says.

“Candidates do need to be physically fit, methodical, process driven and be flexible with work hours.

“This is an excellent path for school leavers and graduates or as an employment entry role as there are usually lots of opportunit­ies to progress into supervisor­y and management roles in the future.” NANNY

Typically, a jobseeker will require a Working With Children Check, a National Police Check, a First Aid Certificat­e and CPR certificat­ion. Each of these can be gained in a day.

No formal qualificat­ions are needed unless a jobseeker wishes to join the Australian Nanny Associatio­n, which requires them to at least be working towards a Certificat­e III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a Bachelor of Education.

McIlvena says references of previous work are often specified as a requiremen­t by employers.


Jobseekers require a Medium Rigid Licence or Heavy Rigid Truck Licence to drive a bus, depending on the vehicle.

Courses can be done in one to three days, as long as the driver has held an open car licence for at least one year for MR or two years for HR.

Once hired, a bus driver will typically begin with a few weeks of onthe-job training.


An entry-level lifeguard course can be completed through Royal Life Saving in three days, while qualified swim teachers require a three-day course plus 20 hours of on-the-job training.

Royal Life Saving Society Australia chief executive Justin Scarr says many pools are struggling to find qualified employees.

“The aquatic industry is great for people who need some flexibilit­y – parents returning to the workforce, or people looking for hours that fit around their caring responsibi­lities,” he says.

Scarr says people can enjoy longterm careers in the aquatic industry, with a range of entry-level, technical and managerial roles available.

Yarra Leisure lifeguard and duty manager Mai Davies, 23, recommends lifeguardi­ng to anyone with a keen interest in safety, teamwork and taking on responsibi­lities.

“It is filled with many problemsol­ving situations and opportunit­ies to understand how you manage stress for yourself and others,” she says.

“I credit so much of my personal and profession­al growth to lifeguardi­ng.”

 ??  ?? Lifeguard Mai Davies recommends her job to people who are interested in safety, teamwork and taking on responsibi­lity.
Lifeguard Mai Davies recommends her job to people who are interested in safety, teamwork and taking on responsibi­lity.

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