New resources for mature age workers and online job searchers

Two new fact sheets have been published to the Career Centre website. One provides career tips for mature age workers, and the other contains online job searching advice.

The mature age workers fact sheet is intended to provide career tips for mature age job seekers whose circumstances have changed, or who want a mid-career change of direction, or those who want to keep working well after traditional retirement age.

The job searching online fact sheet provides tips on using websites and search engines to improve your chances at finding work opportunities online.

Career Centre fact sheets are designed to be brief, concise resources used to summarise key information around popular career planning topics. They are all written specifically for the Western Australian context, and are a useful starting point that can then direct you to further resources and organisations that may be able to provide additional information.

You can view all Career Centre fact sheets on the Career Centre website.

How can I use career information?

Researching the required duties, salary, training pathways and future career prospects of occupations that interest you will help you make smart career choices.

On the Career Centre website we have over 500 occupational profiles featuring a snap shot of everything you need to know when considering pursuing a particular career. Use the profiles and tips below to explore your options.

Broaden your horizons – if you are interested in early childhood education, broaden your options and explore careers in the community services industry or if you are interested in flying explore the aviation industry.

Make sure your sources are valid – be aware of who is presenting the information and why. Different organisations and groups may present information differently depending on their goals.researching-reading-investigating-2

Make sure the information is current – check the information is up to date. Recognise that predictions about future trends need to be considered in combination with a range of information including individual interests, skills and values.

Investigate a range of sources – gather information from different sources and then compare them. This will help clarify your choices.

Think geographically – some specialised occupations may be regional or metropolitan specific and job prospects may vary according to location.

Be aware of patterns and themes – hopefully you will have spent some time working through the knowing yourself section of the Career Centre website. And if you haven’t, give it a go, as you may be able to see common themes and patterns that draw you to similar occupations or industry groups. Make sure you write these down.

What’s my next step?
The occupational profiles on the Career Centre site are intended to be used as a source of impartial information aimed at helping you to explore career pathways. Once you have selected a few specific occupations you could conduct more detailed research into those careers, including talking to people who know about the occupations and industries you are interested in, such as key industry groups.