Almost 600,000 Australians have lost their jobs this year due to the pandemic and according to a study by ING, more than one in three Australians are looking to change careers to ensure job security into the future.
While things have picked up since June this year, with SEEK reporting an increase in job vacancy advertising, there is no doubting it’s a tough job market.
Finding secure work in an insecure and highly competitive environment can be difficult but knowing where to look and if required, how to re-skill to change careers will play to your advantage, with many supportive no-cost or low-cost training courses for job seekers available right now.
There are also key industries who are looking for workers and some of the jobs in demand right now include:
- Healthcare and Social Assistance: includes Registered Nurses, Welfare Support Workers, Aged and Disability Carers, Child Care Workers.
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Industry: Software and Applications Programmers, Management and Organisation Analysts, Accountants, Cyber-security Specialists, IT Support Staff, Call Centre Staff.
- Transport and Logistics: Truck Drivers, Delivery Couriers, Warehouse Packers.
- Education and Training: School Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, Vocational Education and Training Specialists.
- Construction Workers: All trades related to construction with State Government investment in development projects to reinvigorate local economies.
Even before COVID hit, according to the Australian Governments Job Outlook and the National Skills Needs List, a large range of industries were experiencing skills shortages and incentives are available for industry to employ apprentices or trainees and for persons to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship, a viable career path for many.
Just some of the industries experiencing skills shortages include:
- Optical Mechanics
- Telecommunications Technicians
A quick look at Apprenticeship Central, a national apprenticeship and traineeship jobs board, shows a range of ‘learn while you earn’ opportunities including Butchers, Plumbers, Glaziers, Sheetmetal Workers, Engineers, Diesel Mechanics, Tyre Fitters, Warehouse Workers, Business Traineeships, Hairdressing, Community Services, Landscapers – and many more!
With 600,000 Australians soon to flood the jobs market, particularly with the reduction to JobSeeker payments and mutual obligations returning this month, it truly will be a case of survival of the fittest – those who are agile, open to opportunities and willing to adapt in what has been a highly turbulent year of change.
BUSY At Work provide a range of employment, training and apprenticeship support services. For more information visit www.busyatwork.com.au