Upskilling’s the thing, but how do you choose the right area.

by Raewyn Whyte

In a recent NZ Herald article, Scrapheap the fear for jobless over 50s, writer Wayne Thompson cites advice to the jobless over-50s from Jane Walker, director of recruitment company H2R Consulting. Her advice to mature job-seekers is “to make themselves more attractive to employers by updating their skills and presentation” ..

Great idea. With 30 years of teaching (primary and tertiary) experience, and 17+ years in web development, and a trickle of ongoing work as a writer and editor, continuing freelance writing, I’d be delighted to upskill — but in what areas?

How do I pick an area that will continue to be fruitful for the next decade at least? how do I manage the upskilling process – the time and the costs – with least disruption?

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