The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, according to author Jessica Pryce-Jones. In another analysis, Huffington post Australia found that 13 years of our life are spent at work on average, with an extra year in unpaid overtime.
Whatever the figure is, our jobs make up a large portion of our lives and can even become part of our identity. So, it's best to make the most of it.
In this special publication, we delve into the recruitment process with tips and strategies to help you at any stage in your career. If your resume is in need of an update, online job searching is getting you down, or you are preparing for the next interview, On the Job has guidelines on how to make the most of your time job hunting.
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In this publication we also hear from those who are in the midst of critical stages of their career. Apprentice Jeremy Burton tells us how his on the job experience plus training in a classroom has set up him for an exciting, hands-on career. Business graduate Gabriella Pejic also fills us in on how securing an internship in a field she had not even thought about during the final year of a degree opened the door to the job she is enjoying today.
We have also spoken to experts on how the way we work is changing. In the September quarter of 2020, Australia experienced the largest exodus of people from the capital cities to the regions on record. While our cities are not about to empty out, the movement is changing the dynamics of regional centres, particularly those within two hours commuting distance of a major city.
Known as e-changers, these former office workers and professionals who are now working from home in regional and coastal areas could become a resource to help the regions connect with the CBDs. Whether through local clubs or more career-focused settings such as co-working spaces, the professional networks that used to develop in inner city bars and cafes are now open to the regions. With major firms advertising "work from anywhere" positions, the networks that sustain and promote professional growth may become more distributed in an era of remote working.
Another way of advancing one's career can be through developing a mentoring relationship with a senior co-worker. This advice and assistance can assist those who have recently joined the workforce in learning the ropes in a new workplace, while for those later on in their career, can help improve skills and open doors to further roles and promotions. However, recent research from RMIT University Professor Andrew Timming has found that some younger workers may be missing out on this important opportunity. Timming highlights what employers and employees can do to ensure that the mentoring relationship is a mutually beneficial one.
Whether you are preparing to jump into the workforce, looking for your next step or just want to know what's out there On the Job highlights what is happening now in the world of work.