Transition to Work After a Long Absence

Core unit components

  • (FSKLRG010) Use routine strategies for career planning

Course Overview

After a long period of unemployment or leave, it can be daunting to return to work. In this workshop, you will learn how to transition back to work after a long absence with the least amount of stress.

You will explore some typical challenges in the workplace, as well as strategies that you can employ to overcome them.

There will be an opportunity to assess your current career options. You will learn about transferrable skills and have an opportunity to assess what your own transferrable skills are. You will evaluate your skill gaps and explore options that can help you close these skill gaps in order to open up more possibilities in your career.

We will teach you about career development planning and by the end of the workshop, you will be given an opportunity to create your first personal career action plan.

This course is part of our Work Ready Program. The MCC Careers Centre can provide you with professional careers guidance and help you jump on the pathway to your next job!

We recommend that you take the first step to becoming work ready and undertake an ERS Career Development Assessment using the Employment Readiness Scale™ (ERS) tool. The ERS is an online self-assessment tool that measures how ready you are for work, identifies gaps in work readiness, creates action plans to move you towards becoming work ready and makes referrals to programs and services to help you find work.

Where to from here? After this course, the next step in the Work Ready Program is to work on the skill gaps that have been identified. Our 1 day job ready workshops are perfect for all abilities and include:

  • Career Decision Making – Career Planning
  • Job Skills Match
  • Skills Profile and Skills in Demand
  • CREATE your Personal Brand – LinkedIn
  • Write a Winning Resume
  • Write a Winning Cover Letter
  • Winning Interview Skills
  • Mock Interview Superstar
  • Reflect on Past Successes
  • Self Esteem and Confidence Building

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

Learn more about this course

What you will learn

Course outline

In this workshop you will learn how to:
  • recognise and use your transferrable skills
  • assess your career options
  • assess your skills gap
  • create a career action plan, and
  • find out where to get help when you need it

Course outcome

You will understand your transferrable skills and know your career options. You will have an opportunity to create your first personal career action plan.

At the end of the course, you will be issued a Statement of Attainment for the units where competency has been achieved.

What is involved

Time commitment

This course involves 3-4 hours of delivery face-to-face in a classroom or via livestream video sessions online.


Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • You will be assessed throughout the term on the skills and knowledge that you have learned during the course. You will be told when assessments are to take place. You will complete written and oral communication tasks, practical tasks and the assessor will observe your class participation.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills is required to enrol in this course. Macquarie Community College may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre enrolment process.

It is advisable that you book in for an ERS career development assessment session prior to enrolling into job ready workshops.

This course requires reading, writing, numeracy, oral communication and learning skills at Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) working Level 3.

What you need to provide

  • All workshop material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Pen and notepad

Fees and government subsidies

The NSW Government’s Adult and Community Education (ACE) Program provides affordable, local training and education to NSW communities. Under the ACE program, participants, employers, delivery partners and providers and the government collaborate to improve learning outcomes for learners and meet community training needs.
The ACE Program will also offer support to small business owners and their staff by providing fully subsidised accredited and non-accredited training in targeted courses in information technology, business services or foundation skills.
*Eligibility criteria apply. This training is fully subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria.
Students will need to supply the required evidence in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.

  • Eligible for Subsidised Training: Fee-Free
  • Not Eligible for Subsidised Training: Price on Application

If you're a prospective student, employer or service provider please visit: for more information where you will find everything you need to know about the ACE program before you enrol.
Contact us today or call on 1300 845 888 to check your eligibility.

What you can do next

Study pathway

After successfully completing this session, the next step in the Work Ready Program is to continue working on the skill gaps that have been identified. Our 1 day job ready workshops are perfect for all abilities and include:

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date30 April 2024
End Date30 April 2024
Time10.00am - 2.30pm
TutorDenise Dewar
Location Blacktown Campus

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date03 May 2024
End Date03 May 2024
Time10.00am - 2.30pm
TutorDenise Dewar
Location Chatswood Campus

Fees & Government Subsidies

At Macquarie Community College, we create and provide affordable and inclusive learning opportunities that meet the needs of individuals, organisations and communities.

Given the broad range of accredited and non-accredited programs offered by the College the fees and subsidies will vary depending on the course.

Fee for Service Courses 

Courses available on a fee-for-service basis will have the price clearly indicated within the class details. Additional fee information may also be found in the ‘’what you need to provide’’ section of the course details.

Funded Courses

Macquarie Community College delivers NSW government subsidised training, including training under the Smart and Skilled and Adult and Community Education (ACE) programs.

To access government subsidised training, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • Australian OR New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident OR a Humanitarian Visa Holder, OR a Partner Visa Holder whose sponsor is a current or past Humanitarian Visa Holder

When you enrol in a NSW government subsidised course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled student fee unless you qualify for a fee exemption.

For further information on NSW government subsidies visit the below funding pages.

Adult and Community Education 

Smart and Skilled 


NSW Fee Free Training 

Credit Transfer

Am I Eligible for Credit Transfers?

Credit Transfer (CT) is granted as a result of identifying learning outcomes already achieved through formal training. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit Transfer given may reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification.

To apply for Credit Transfer you will need to provide original or certified copies of certificates previously attained through formal training prior to completing the enrolment process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied is measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

To apply for recognition of prior learning you should indicate your decision to apply for recognition as soon as possible after enrolment and the induction program.

We will be happy to provide you with an RPL kit after speaking directly with you to ensure you understand the requirements of this process.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Apply

Step 1

Due to course and fee subsidy eligibility requirements, accredited vocational education and training courses have an application process prior to enrolment. • Please carefully review course and fee subsidy requirements in the detailed course and class content. • After selecting your course and class. click ‘’Apply Now” and enter the requested details.

Step 2

Upon receipt of your application a course advisor will contact you within 2 business days to discuss the course details and assist you with any further enquiries you may have. • To proceed you will be required to complete a language, literacy & numeracy assessment and an enrolment form • Required enrolment documentation and/or evidence is to be provided. To view our Terms and Conditions, please visit:

Step 3

Once your enrolment has been processed, you will receive the following emails: • Enrolment confirmation: you will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. Please check and read your Terms and conditions. • Tax invoice: the payer of your enrolment will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed along with any approved payment plan details. • Course reminder: you will receive a reminder prior to your class commencement. • Zoom link (for remote zoom classes only): you will receive a Zoom link and password 2 days prior to class commencement. If your course has multiple sessions, use the same link and password to access each session.