A LOCAL real estate agency says the deliberate decision to bring a mature aged worker into the business is paying off.
Mitchell and Sheridan Bestwick, owners of One Agency Bestwick Real Estate, have employed Karen Orr, who recently made the decision to close her business of 13 years, Galleria Boutique.
"We appreciate that older workers have emotional maturity and strong interpersonal skills to assist in building relationships, which is a valuable skill in the real estate industry," Mr Bestwick said.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said last year that working Australians currently undertake 80 per cent of their training before they turn 21 and he wants that to change so that workers are updating their skills all through their life.
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Ms Orr said she is not someone to be defined by age and is a big believer in personal growth
"During my life I have purchased, sold, renovated and built homes and, in my early career, worked for two major real estate companies in Sydney and Tamworth," she said.
"I was yearning for a new direction from fashion and styling and real estate was my obvious choice."
Ms Orr - who was a small business owner in retail and hospitality for more than 20 years - said older workers bring something that their younger counterparts do not.
"As a mature worker and at this stage of my life, I have time to dedicate myself 100 per cent to assisting my clients to achieve their real estate goals and give them the best possible experience," she said.
"I don't have any of the distractions of my youth; real estate is my passion now."
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