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Your career spans a lifetime it represents your work experience, your skills and your passions.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of supporting mature age Australians to make successful career transitions.  The labour market is dynamic.  The world of work has changed in recent times.  You need to be confident that your skills are current, up to date and marketable to potential employers.

That is why it is important to have good career advice.  If you are thinking of changing careers, or transitioning to retirement, then it may be useful to speak with a professional career adviser.

Career Advisers know how the employment market works; they have a strong understanding of what employers are looking for when they review candidates for a position.

 In 2010 the Government launched the new Experience+ Career Advice service. Through this service, anyone aged 45 years or over can access free, professional career advice. A qualified Career Adviser will help you to identify skills and interests, and work with you to develop a personal career plan so you can achieve your employment goals. 

The Experience+ Career Advisers will also review job application letters, resume or selection criteria to help you market yourself effectively to prospective employers. The Experience+ Career Advice service is designed specifically for mature age people and it is delivered by telephone, so you can speak to a Career Adviser in the comfort of your own home.

Come to the Reinvent Your Career Expos in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to find out more; or call 13 17 64 (8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday) to book an appointment.

 Career Advisers can also help you consider training that might enhance your career prospects. For example, if you are aged 55 years or over and you work with Australian Apprentices or Trainees, your employer may be eligible for a grant of $4950 to provide you with training at the Certificate III or above, to help you increase your supervisory and mentoring skills. This is part of the new Experience+ Training program. (Eligibility criteria apply).

 By using Experience+ Training, employers can actively encourage their existing mature age workers to pass their knowledge and skills on to other staff, providing a career pathway for mature age employees to help them move into supervisory or management roles.

 One example of how this is working on the ground can be found at Garden Village Port Macquarie. Drawing on the Experience+ Training program, Garden Village Port Macquarie enrolled three of their mature age carers in a Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, to help these workers acquire new skills to pass on to their trainees.

Our goal from this training is to create a greater bond and knowledge transfer between our experienced mature workers and our up-and-coming trainees and junior staff, said Mrs Vicki Peterson, Human Resources Manager.

 For more information about Career Advice and Experience+ Training (including eligibility criteria) visit www.deewr.gov.au/experienceplus, or telephone 13 17 64
(8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday).  Email enquiries can be directed to experience@deewr.gov.au.

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