Many people don't understand what their transferable skills are and how to best promote them, especially when making a career transition. Understanding what 'portable' skills you have may make the difference between getting an interview or being overlooked.
Innovation is not the domain of one age demographic as the growth in senior entrepreneurship shows. Entrepreneurship among the 55-64 age group is the fastest growing in Australia and debunks some commonly held assumptions about older workers not being innovative or creative.
The importance of upskilling and reskilling are reinforced by the need to maintain brain health. New knowledge about neuroplasticity, tells us we have the ability to improve the brain's precision, speed and retention as we age. However, we can only achieve this by stepping outside our comfort zone and constantly learning new things.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having significant emotional and financial effects on older workers that may have long-term consequences on their ability to find work or remain in a job.