Some Skills Are Only Learnt With Age

LEE Matthews, 60, has no plans for retirement after working for 18 months at home improvement company Australian Outdoor Living.

The artificial lawn sales manager said he needed to keep working to “start again” in his new life in Australia since he moved back from the UK two years ago.

But like all mature workers, he has industry and employment experience which is needed in the workplace.

“I think I have a lot more to offer with experiences, life experiences, to pass on,” he said.

He said he held specific knowledge because of his career in sales which staff could only learn on the job and not from studying books.

“I’ve been out there and done it,” he said.

“I think (the owners) recognised that when I came on board as well. “At my age, I don’t get many opportunities but Australian Outdoor Living recognises the experience I’ve got and I use that to my advantage.”

He said all workplaces could benefit from initiatives which helped mature staff stay in the workforce longer to retain and pass on their skills.

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”