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New Online Apps Launched to Transform Careers Advice for Students
April 3, 2019
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The Universities Minister Chris Skidmore launched two apps which empower students to make better choices about where and what to study at university.

The next generation of students will be able to take greater control of their future career paths through new online apps being launched today, which empower them to make better choices about where and what to study (2 April).

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore unveiled two innovative apps, created by the winners of a Government competition receiving around £150,000 funding each, which set out simple and accessible information about graduate outcomes for prospective students.

The launch of the new tools follow the latest data published by the Department for Education on Thursday showing graduate earnings broken down by subject, which help students and parents to understand likely earnings and employment outcomes from a range of disciplines.

The new online apps, available to access from the developers’ websites today, will help to revolutionise student choice on their future careers, bringing together data on potential future earnings, with information on careers and employment options, and the quality of teaching in an easy to use format. One works as a personalised digital assistant to access information, while the other is a game where players can simulate career paths. Read more

Job Hunting Tips for Mature Workers
April 3, 2019
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The following Honts & Tips, aimed at New Zealands’ mature workers may be of interest to some of your clients.

Mature workers have a lot of offer employers. Here are some tips to help you highlight your skills and experience.

Workforce is Ageing: The population is ageing and people are staying in the workforce longer than they did in previous generations. Mature workers – those aged 55 and over – are expected to play an increasingly key role in the economy.

Mature workers can face barriers in securing a job: As a mature worker, you have a lot to offer an employer. A recent survey of over 500 employers found that most viewed mature workers as an “untapped treasure” and agreed that businesses should take extra steps to attract and retain them. However, mature workers can also face a range of barriers to employment. These include:

  • A perceived lack of transferable skills. Mature workers may have developed skills and knowledge that seem specific to one particular occupation or industry.
  • Inability or unwillingness to compromise on salaries. Because of their skills and experience, mature workers are often used to earning above average wages. This means they may choose to remain unemployed rather than accept a job with lower pay.
  • Hours. Mature workers may want to work part-time hours, which can limit their opportunities.
  • Age-based discrimination. While it’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of age when it comes to employing staff, it may still happen. This can mean mature workers find it hard to get work.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR JOB CHANCES

Develop a marketable identity: A key step when looking for work is to create a marketable identity – a personal brand, which you can use to sell yourself to potential employers. Your personal brand includes everything from your skills and knowledge to your positive attitude and how you dress. For mature workers, it could also include your willingness to share your expertise or mentor younger workers in an organisation. Take some time to work out what your marketable identity might look like and think about how it could apply to areas of work you’re interested in.

Be flexible and realistic: Employers, when surveyed, said the biggest mistakes mature workers made in interviews were:

  • having high salary demands
  • being unrealistic about their own abilities or experience
  • being inflexible about working styles or working schedules.

If you can, it pays to be flexible about the type of work you’re willing to do, the hours you’re willing to work, and the pay you’re willing to accept. If you’re open to negotiation you’re more likely to be able to make the most of the opportunities available.

Consider training or retraining: Research suggests mature workers prefer the idea of immediate employment over retraining, even if it results in lower pay. Whether or not to retrain is a personal choice – it can be expensive and time-consuming. However, if you do retrain it can signal to employers that you’re motivated and your skills are up to date. Options for training now include doing micro-credentials, which allow you to retrain more quickly in areas with skill shortages and could improve your job opportunities.

 

This article has been re-published  from The New Zealnd Careers Service Website