Freedomroo – Western Australia veteran rejected from 237 jobs in 17 months despite lifetime of experience

Nicolas Winterson has served with the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years, worked as a high-level fraud and forensics manager for 20 years and speaks Malay and Bahasa Indonesia (stock image)

Sad reason a hardworking Aussie bloke has been rejected from 237 jobs – despite serving 10 years in the Navy, working for a top finance firm and speaking THREE languages

  • Nicolas Winterson, 53, rejected from 237 jobs after applying for 17 months
  • The father served in the Australian Navy and worked senior investigation roles
  • He has applied for senior and junior roles including at hardware giant Bunnings 
  • Though he has been rejected and Mr Winterson said it was because of his age 

A middle-aged father says he has been rejected from 237 jobs in just 17 months because employers think he is too old.

Western Australia man Nicolas Winterson is just 53 and struggling to land himself a full-time job despite a lifetime of experience in the Navy and senior investigation roles.

He served with the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years, worked as a high-level fraud and forensics manager for 20 years and speaks Malay and Bahasa Indonesia.

At one point he was the director of forensic services at KPMG Australia – a globally recognised firm that provides audit, tax and advisory services.

Nicolas Winterson has served with the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years, worked as a high-level fraud and forensics manager for 20 years and speaks Malay and Bahasa Indonesia (stock image)

Mr Winterson has applied for 237 job in just 17 months and has been rejected by all of them - including Bunnings

Mr Winterson has applied for 237 job in just 17 months and has been rejected by all of them – including Bunnings

Mr Winterson has been applying for every possible job under the sun and handing in his application for both senior and junior roles.

He has put in an application to work at ASIO, the police force, home affairs office and even hardware giant Bunnings.

Though every single application has been rejected despite his impressive resume and lifelong experience.

A distraught Mr Winterson believes recruiters are overlooking his candidacy for the roles because of one thing that is out of his control.   

‘They think 53 is too old,’ he told The West Australian. 

‘Recruiters have a bias against people over a certain age — they’re after young people.

‘But it’s really tough I have to tell you because some of these roles, I fit the job description perfectly.’

Mr Winterson says he was even told by a Bunnings employer that he did not get the job because the hardware giant was looking for ‘certain types of people’.

The 53-year-old has an 11-year-old son and fears he won’t be able to look after him much longer if he isn’t hired by someone. 

Mr Winterson has more than 20 years of experience as a senior investigator though was still unable to land a job with the police force (stock image)

Mr Winterson has more than 20 years of experience as a senior investigator though was still unable to land a job with the police force (stock image)

The Australian Human Rights Commission and Australian Human Resources Institute released a report in April that looked into ageism in the Australian workforce.

It found more employers were more reluctant to hire workers over a certain age while there had also been a slight shift in perception in what age group would be classified as an ‘older worker’.

Almost 17 per cent of recruiters classified 51-57 year olds as ‘older workers’ in 2021, compared to only 11 per cent in 2018.

A worrying 46.7 per cent of employers admitted they would be more reluctant to hire a worker over a certain age. 

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