Bringing your skills and experience to a new job

♪ (Music Playing) ♪ I started working in Holden actually in 1990, so I was there for about 26 years. And most of that time was in safety, quality and environment, and a lot of that was to do about the processes and procedures that Holden had, and making sure that they were always followed by the employees and managers and staff. So those sorts of skills have actually transferred over into Lendlease. So all the procedures and policies, whilst they may be different, the basics of them are still the same. With the transition centre – and I guess I used that more for gaining skills in the recruitment side of it – they teach you how to use your current skills and translate those into other industries that are out there. So to learn that you need to adapt what you know and translate that into another industry's own language. When you start speaking to other people, you realise that you can actually translate a lot of that knowledge and those skills into another industry. For anybody else that's in a similar position to what I was, having been working in the one place for a long time and looking for employment, be confident and be positive. And there are resources out there that can help you, so take the opportunity to use those resources to their fullest extent. They're there to help you. ♪ (Music Playing) ♪ I was at Holden for almost 16 years. I worked in various roles starting from spray painter to moulding to store work to delivering parts to the line. I guess the main skill I've learnt there is how to interact with different races of people and different cultures, which has helped here a fair bit. I just kept in contact with the transition centre. They helped with resume writing, interview skills, a bit of training, how to handle yourself in an interview which was quite good. Be positive, be confident in your interview. Use the transition centre as much as you can, because they were a good help. All that training paid off. ♪ (Music Playing) ♪ Career coaches support workers that are coming from another industry to identify those transferable skills that they have got from working in the industry that they've been working in historically for many years, recognising those transferable skills that can be transposed into another career pathway, in particular the disability industry given that it's such a growth industry. Within the sector there's so much more opportunity. So there's admin roles, there's maintenance roles. There's so many opportunities. And it isn't just about personal care. ♪ (Music Playing) ♪ I basically sat back and just had a think about what I really wanted to do, because for the first time in my life I had an opportunity to do what I wanted to do rather than what I had to do. Just because you hear of one part of that industry, it might turn you off or you might think 'I'm not right for that'. It doesn't mean there's not other areas that are going to suit you, and there are so many different areas. So yeah, just get out there and network and volunteer. And that's one thing that the transition centre helped me with, was to understand the skills I had even though you take them for granted. ♪ (Music Playing) ♪

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