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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.