Over 45 and out of work? Re-skill and get back on track.
Re-entering the workforce after job loss or a long period out of work isn’t easy.
You might have been out of the workplace for a long time because you were looking after your family, or maybe you’ve recently lost your job because of redundancy, or COVID-19, and can’t remember the last time you ever had to look or apply for a job.
Whatever your situation is, one of the first things you can do is explore Your Options Now.
How do you get going again?
To figure out how you can have your skills recognised, or what new skills you might need to get you going again, here is some advice that could help.
Consider what type of job you want to do
Reflect on your previous career experience. Did you enjoy your job? Did it suit your lifestyle? What skills do you have? Are these transferable to a new role? What skills do you need to develop? Do you want to start your own business?
Have you thought about careers in demand – looking for people now and how your skills might fit? There is currently employment opportunities in occupations and industries like:
- Health care and social assistance
- Public administration and safety
- Education and training
- Nurse managers
- Software and applications programmers
- ICT support technicians
- Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals
- Carers and aides
Employability skills are big in demand right now. Think about which of these skills you have, and which you might need training in. And remember, life (not just work) experience counts! The top employability skills employers want are:
- communication skills
- reliability and punctuality
- customer service skills
- a positive attitude and motivation
- the ability to work in a team
- good personal presentation
- problem solving
Consider a course
To get to your new career, you might need to study. There are courses in these fields available including short and longer courses, depending on which area you choose. View Your Options Now.
For help with your career:
Visit the GeSS Education campus for further information on how you can:
- Learn and train
- Get job ready
- Get career ideas
If your wellbeing is being impacted by COVID-19 but you don’t know where to start looking for support, please call our friendly team on 07 5559 1605.
Data source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment