Careers Australia Aged Care workplace trainer Joy Duke shows student Kathryn Barry some practical using equipment with patients at the conference centre at the Blue Shades Motel.
Careers Australia Aged Care workplace trainer Joy Duke shows student Kathryn Barry some practical using equipment with patients at the conference centre at the Blue Shades Motel. Boni Holmes

There has never been a job Kathryn Barry has rejected

MARYBOROUGH'S Kathryn Barry has never sat around too long and at 70 years of age doesn't plan on slowing down.

The workaholic has just finished an aged care course with Careers Australia.

"I really never have been retired - I have always worked if I wasn't getting paid work I just run around doing volunteer work," she said.

"I have done a lot of that since coming to Queensland."

Kathryn moved up to Hervey Bay in 2000, then came into Maryborough and moved out to Oakhurst Gardens.

Since starting work, Kathryn said she had a huge list of jobs she had worked.

"I am a jack of all trades and master of none," she said.

"I have worked in abattoirs, done fruit picking, and I also was an operator in the power stations in Victoria.

"I will turn my hand to anything - I just like to work - I was born to work and not sit at home."

Kathryn has four children, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The great-grandmother said people ask why she was still doing this at 70.

"On top of being a community type person there will be changes in government where people won't get pensions until they are over 70 so I may as well keep working," Kathryn said.

"I also do ballroom and new vogue dancing - I keep fit all the time."

Kathryn said she had worked in aged care in Victoria where she was born and her daughter and granddaughter both work in the industry as well.

"I have never come across a group like Careers Australia who train you so well," she said.

"I feel some people seem to give up after 45 and think there isn't a job for them.

"It's never too late for a career change.

"There are so many courses out there and Careers Australia has so many.

"I dread the day I don't work anymore."

"I'll be doing voluntary work until they throw me in the box."


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