Shifts in the labour market are changing the way people work and the way they seek employment.
According to the Foundation for Young Australians’ 2015 research report, The New Work Order, when young people finish school they are expected to have 17 jobs across five careers by the time they retire.
These shifts are creating new opportunities for people who aren’t interested in following the typical career path.
Enter the self-starter, a category of job seeker who is looking to create a job rather than find one.
The Australian Government is supporting self-starters through a range of measures, including Entrepreneurship Facilitators.
Since 2016, Entrepreneurship Facilitators Cheryl Royle, Tara Diversi and Taz Devadass have been working with people – particularly young people – in the Hunter region, Cairns and Launceston who are interested in working for themselves or starting a business.
Heading up the Hunter Futurepreneurs program, Cheryl has already supported almost 300 people to find a gap in the local market and, from there, develop a viable product or service.
‘Previously a mining and manufacturing region, the Hunter is currently in the process of significant transformation and industry restructure.
‘With the support of our Futurepreneurs program, people living in the area are successfully thinking outside the box to develop businesses that provide goods and services that weren’t previously available in the area,’ Cheryl said.
‘At our last Futurepreneurs workshop we had 14 young people participating and at the end of the workshop we had 11 new business ideas ready to go.’
Running the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) in Cairns, Tara said, ‘Job success is no longer geographical. Today, anyone can build a business no matter where they are, thanks to advances in technology.
‘Through YEP, I have worked with over 300 Australians to harness the opportunity technology brings and help them to build their ideas into real, sustainable and rewarding self-employment,’ Tara said.
Taz, who has held multiple leadership roles within the Tasmanian community and is currently the Entrepreneurship Facilitator at The Van Diemen Project, says self-employment goes beyond starting a business; it’s about creating opportunities that build people’s confidence, skills and connections.
‘The humble side-hustle is an important building block for people looking to start a business. It can get their business idea rolling and at the same time increase their income capacity, skills and confidence.’
Over the last 18 months, Taz has supported over 300 local people to start to turn their ideas into businesses or self-employment opportunities.
To date, together the three Entrepreneurship Facilitators have promoted self-employment to more than 19,000 Australians at workshops, jobs fairs, schools and other local forums. Some of these people have gone on to receive comprehensive support and advice from the facilitators to build their ideas into businesses.
From January 2019, 20 new Entrepreneurship Facilitators will encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment among mature age Australians at risk of unemployment due to structural changes in the economy. The new facilitators will focus on providing support to mature age people, but anyone wanting to start their own business will be able to access the services.
Find out more about Entrepreneurship Facilitators.