Redundancy Doesn’t Mean Retirement

When you are aged a little north of sixty, forced redundancy can be a blessing or a curse.

Sue Scott, is a woman who is proving that in her case, it has been a blessing. A brief hiatus to ‘lick her wounds’ was all Sue needed, before she set about to create a new business utilising the skills she had gained over a long career in high end administration.

Sydney born Sue cheerfully says that she hated school and left as soon as it was legal to do so, preferring to move on to secretarial college. There she says, “I learnt to type on a manual typewriter with a board covering the keys that made sure I hit the right ones.  Computers have made typing so much easier.”  Adding “I learned to operate a plug and cord switchboard, which I loved.  You really needed to keep your wits about you otherwise it could be disastrous to connect the wrong plug to the wrong extension”.  Sue’s first job was with a solicitor that lasted only six weeks, but it was the start of a series of interesting positions over the years, each one adding to her skill base.  Sue says: “These were the days when you could leave a job on Friday and start a new one on Monday”.  This flexibility, initiative and determination to improve her proficiencies gained her senior corporate positions in education and telecommunications in Sydney and the New South Wales central coast, then a move to Melbourne, saw her add to her roles in senior management.

Along the way there was the ubiquitous overseas travel, a marriage, a divorce and an epiphany.  A holiday to Italy gave Sue the ‘head space’ to re-assess her life and to realise that as much as she loved Melbourne, what she really wanted was a little place in the country. Ballarat beckoned, along with the idea of setting up her own business, however fate had different ideas and she found herself again working in education, her last position being as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor at Federation University. A new Chancellor and a restructure in staffing resulted in a parting of the ways.

Sue could have chosen to settle into retirement, gardening and caring for her ninety-year-old father, but she preferred to follow her dream of running her own business and set up, “Final Proof”, a micro business specialising in proofreading corporate documents, training manuals, content for magazines, websites, marketing materials and anything that needs the correct written word.  Current trends have seen a diminution in writing standards showing that there is a market for someone who knows the right words, how to spell them and where the commas go. To learn more about what Sue offers go to finalproof.net.au or call 0418 675 196.