Career planning and becoming job ready
This part of Work45+ has information about career planning offered by:
There’s also a handy section with links to these and other useful websites:
Work45+ suggests both workers and employers take a life-course approach to careers.
For job seekers this means recognising that your needs and interests change throughout your life. Whether you’re a job seeker by choice or have been retrenched, it’s possible to plan the next step in your career.
A point made to us by employment service providers and recruitment agencies during our consultations for this website was that many older job seekers focus too much on where they have been in their earlier career instead of talking more about who they are and where they are going.1 If you spend some time planning your career, you’ll be able to make stronger statements in interviews about what’s important to you and why.
Career planning looks at your experience, skills, values and preferences as well as your income needs. It can help you identify transferable skills and training that could make you competitive for a new kind of role. Transferable skills are skills you already have that may be valued in other jobs or industries. You can read more about transferable skills in the section about resumes on our web pages called “Applying for jobs“.
Getting ready for your next job – sometimes called “becoming job ready” – often goes hand in hand with career planning. Other information to help you become job ready is on the Work45+ web page called “Education and training“.