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Covid-19 has made it harder to change career after 50 but help is available

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COVID 19 has made it even harder for mature people to change jobs however various training and apprenticeship programs are helping in improving the situation.

 Brotherhood of St Laurence report estimated that last year nearly 40,000 Autsrrain aged between 51 to 65 had their employe impacted by COVID-19. Human resources institute survey indicated a trend of unwillingness among 68 percent of businesses to hire over-50 workers in 2018 and COVID-19 made it worsen. 

Organizations such as VERTO have been busy helping senior job seekers re-train for career change through government-funded skill checkpoint programs.

Raymond Hon finishing his Job posting in Japan when the international border closure made it hard to return back to Australia. 57 years old former automobile executive Raymond decided to take the challenge. He decided to become an online leadership coach.

Raymond says that mature-job seekers can still find work amidst a pandemic if they have the right story to sell.

We have to change our dynamics when the world environment changes due to COVID-19

Raymond adapted to the rapidly changing business environment to succeed and similar courage and resilience are witnessed by other experts in older workers. Ron Maxwell, chief executive officer of not-for-profit employment and training organization recommends that mature-age job seekers offer their service as contractors whilst searching for the next career opportunity. 


 

To find out more about the Skills Checkpoint program in your area, visit the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

If you need emotional support, call the free Beyond Blue coronavirus mental wellbeing support service on 1800 512 348.  

To access mostly free language help, call the national translating and interpreting service on 13 14 50 and ask to be redirected to your preferred organization. 

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