It's something the Age and Disability Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has been calling for - a career "check-up" for Australian's approaching their 50s. This week, more than 200 seniors took part in the ACT’s first Career Check Up Expo for Mature Workers at the University of Canberra.
"Just like we have regular health check-ups, career check-ups give workers a chance to identify if they have the necessary skills to ensure longevity in the workforce," said Commissioner Ryan.
The Expo - a joint initiative of the IRT Foundation, the ACT Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission - brought together mature aged workers with employers, training organisations, employment specialists, financial planners and community partners.
"The right to work is a fundamental human right. This Expo gave older Australians in the ACT access to job search information and employment opportunities. It would be great to see more of them around the country," said Commissioner Ryan.
“I congratulate IRT Foundation and the ACT Government for making this important event happen. It is crucial that older people are not denied the opportunity to work so that they are able to realise their full economic potential and participate in our society.
“I also wish to extend my congratulations to IRT Foundation for their recent success in gaining NSW Government funding support to hold a similar Expo to help seniors in the Illawarra region in early 2017,” she said.