Knowing what's out there

There are many opportunities in the jobs market, but you may have to think about working in a different industry or job to what you are used to. Online self-help resources such as Your Career can help you identify where the jobs are and what you need to do to get them. This page also contains support for people who are over 40 and looking for a job.


Choosing an occupation

Your Career

If you want to learn more about how your skills and work experience can prepare you for a career change, Your Career can help.

For more information on identifying, updating and transferring your skills, go to the Get some training section of this website.

Formal recognition of skills

Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may have gained knowledge and skills through your education, training, work, volunteering (including activities in the community) and life experience.

You may be able to have this skill and knowledge formally recognised and count towards a qualification. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL assessments can reduce the amount of study you have to do for a qualification, and may even award you a qualification in full.

For information about how to get assessed for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) go to the myskills Frequently Asked Questions page.

Relocating for work

Go to where the jobs are

When deciding on your next career move, you may have to consider moving for the right job.

Expanding your job search beyond your current location may increase the number of job opportunities, but there are some important factors to consider to make sure moving is the right decision for you.

The Australian Government Job Jumpstart website lists some important questions for you to consider and has useful tips and tools to help you to make the most of your potential move.

Support for over 40s

Career Transition Assistance

Career Transition Assistance is a voluntary pre-employment program supporting people 45 years and over to build their skills and confidence to re-enter the workforce or change career. CTA provides practical support to build functional digital literacy, identify existing and transferrable skills, tailor resumes, and identify opportunities in the local labour market. Courses run for a minimum of 75 hours over 3 to 8 weeks. Clients 45 years and over, with a MyGov account are eligible to participate in CTA.

Career Transition Assistance is delivered by 22 organisations across all 51 employment regions and available nationally.

Mature Age Hub

The Mature Age Hub provides information, tools and supports for businesses interested in employing mature age people, and for mature age people looking to find a job or upskill.