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Is it possible to transfer skills from auto to health & community services?

By November 14, 2017 Future jobs, STEM No Comments

Can blue collar workers can bring a unique set of skills to hot ‘pink-collared’ industries, such as nurses, personal carers, social workers, and teachers?

A mechanic, for example, requires strong diagnostic and problem-solving skills – and so do certain health and community services jobs.  Medical and health service managers are one of the many ‘pink’ careers that will open up in the next decade.

When we think about the skill areas of a mechanical manager they would be:

  1. Good diagnostic skills A great auto mechanic can quickly identify the source of a problem and other related issues – aware of diagnostic resources and utilises them as necessary.
  2. Problem-solving skills Good mechanics can quickly suggest ways of addressing problems. They should be able use a variety of technical tools to diagnose and identify a solution.
  3. Up to date technological knowledge Vehicles and technology are continually evolving, and great mechanics stay on top of these changes so they can best serve their customers. As hybrids become more popular, for example, mechanics will be knowledgeable on the most common problems or what could be the most common problems.
  4. Managing a team Mechanical managers lead project teams by outlining and assigning work, reviewing technical accuracy, and outcomes.  It’s their job to work with teams to motivate, delegate, and encourage innovative thinking.

Now, let’s look at medical and health service manager skills.

Managers are responsible for keeping up to date health records and managing critical, day to day patient treatment data, so workers must be comfortable learning new software and embracing technology.

Management and organisational skills needed to ensure smooth operations is also key, as well as the ability to solve problems.  Just like mechanical workers, health care managers are often faced with situations that require detail-oriented tasks and evidence based decision making.

Technical health care jobs, such as ultrasound technicians, are another example.  These job roles require an aptitude for procedural skills.  Technicians involve less interaction with patients and more with computers, according to a recent article.

The ‘new’ blue collar

There’s no doubt that new technologies have changed the landscape of ‘blue’ jobs, but the skills are relevant – and apply to ‘pink’ jobs.

A recent article explores the ‘new’ blue collar workers.  More than 2.5 million well-paying jobs will be added in the next few years.  A USA Today article calls them ‘middle-skill jobs’ – construction workers, lighting experts, radiation therapists, elevator installers and repairers, and dental hygienists.  Jobs are coming back, but they’re not the same as the ones that we know.

For more opportunities to for blue collar workers to transfer into popular industries, please contact Jess Perry at jessica@careerblueprint.com.au.


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