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Fabafterfifty: Career

Our generation has pushed the limits and broken new ground for women in the workplace. New legislation regarding the raising of the state pension retirement age to 66 for many of us means that we are also expected to extend our working lives significantly. For women over 50 there are many options, whether you are continuing in your current career, returning to work after the children have left home or setting up a new business, we explore the possibilities.

  1. Midlife Career: Returning to work with confidence

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    by clinical psychologist Deborah Golend   Life’s experiences can knock our confidence. Difficult times such as bereavements often make us feel more vulnerable and uncertain. But adapting to positive life stages can be just as hard. For women returning to work after raising a family or wanting a career change as their kids have fled the nest, confidence can be a particularly challenging issue. Many women talk about ‘brain fog’ during the early years of parenthood but, whether we have had children or not, a new ‘brain fog’ often descends as the menopause hits. At a time when women often have more time available to pursue new business ventures, the menopause can wreak havoc on our confidence and reduce our ability to forge ahead with these plans. Why does confidence...
  2. Amanda: Reinventing her career midlife by training as an acupuncturist

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      By Amanda Banks, who studied Acupuncture  and Naturopathy at  CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). So many women are choosing to change career midlife. Amanda shares her career reinvention story, retraining as an acupuncturist once her family were grown up. “After bringing up my family I wanted a career” I enrolled to study Acupuncture when I was in my 40s, after a conversation whilst helping my daughter choose her GCSE options. “What would you do if you had your time again, Mummy?” “Become an acupuncturist!”, was my immediate response, as acupuncture had helped my health problems. As I had told my children they could do anything they wanted to with hard work and determination, they persuaded me in turn to pursue my new career. Graduating in acupuncture and naturopathy was both hard work...
  3. 3 Awesome Ideas For A Woman In Her 50s To Start A business From Home

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    Article by Alexandra G I hit 50 five years ago. All of my kids are gone, living their own lives and occasionally visiting me for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My husband died in an accident three years ago. And, suddenly, I was left alone, in an empty house with all the time of the world on my hands. Loneliness I was going crazy back in the day. I’ve even gotten into all the crazy online gambling Australia has to offer. It was fun. I still roll the dice every now and then, but losing everything I have to a website wasn’t that attractive. I am now a consultant. I help ladies who are or were just like me. I help them arrange a hobby or even a home-based job that pays for much more...
  4. Fuller Working Lives Partnerships announced by DWP: Is the issue of jobs for women over 50 now being taken seriously?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I am pleased to see that at last the value of, and issues surrounding older workers, and women over 50 in particular is being recognised by the Department of Work and Pensions as barriers to employment are of particular concern to those women caught up in the increase in eligibility in state pension age.   A new report out today, ‘Fuller Working Lives, A Partnership Approach’ , encouraging partnerships with the private sector, reinforce what I have been saying on Fab after Fifty since I founded the site – 7 years ago. It is good news that the report recognises the value workers over 50 can bring to employers, it says: Employers have also highlighted the benefits of older workers in DWP polling (2015).xiii Over three quarters of employers believed the experience of...
  5. Success over 50: Sleep your way to the top!

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook Yes! I mean it… In these days of stress, pressure, ambition and cut-throat competition for a better job, promotion, higher salary, bigger house, more respect, power sleeping your way to the top is the BEST thing you can do! Why? With nearly half of Americans and 60% of British sleep deprived, focusing on getting the necessary sleep – 7 to 9 hours per night – is one of the quickest, and most successful, ways to improve all other areas of your life, particularly how you perform at work. Personally: – Not only does it make us happier, have better sex, better skin, it also makes us healthier. We build muscles more easily, we are less likely to have mood swings and suffer depression, we have far fewer...
  6. Could working for longer be good for our health and longevity? It seems to work in Japan!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Many of us are either choosing (or having to) work for longer, especially with the increase in state pension age. But , providing the opportunities for employment are there, is that  necessarily a bad thing? I really enjoyed  The Real Marigold on Tour  TV programme over the Christmas break where four celebs who had reached the traditional retirement age went to both Florida and Japan to experience what retirement looked like within these two very different cultures. Miriam Margolyes ,  Bobby George ,  Rosemary Shrager and Wayne Sleep all experienced first hand life for the over 65s in Japan, starting their day with exercises in the park early morning  (with instructions broadcast over the radio) , following the Japanese diet, and attending job interviews! So ,...
  7. Five tips on how to successfully change career – at any age

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    Article by Hans Schumann If you think it’s too late to change your career at your age, think again.  Take Andrea Patterson from New England, who became a firefighter at 66, or Ress Fix, Los Angeles, who started her second career in television commercials at 80. Career change is possible at any age. The experience you’ve gained in life has value, and it comes with a wealth of transferable skills. There are people out there who need what you have to offer! This is different from the value that younger people bring. There’s no need to compete with them. For example, in professions such as coaching, therapy and consultancy, age is often an advantage. It gives you gravitas and credibility. You could also set up your own business where age doesn’t matter because you...
  8. How to Channel your Mind for Success

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook Our mind, how we feel, react and view the world around us are one of the main – if not the main – keys to happiness and a dynamic, capable, go-getting attitude in whatever field – and ultimately create our success both in our career and life as a whole. We live in difficult times – Being under a regular or long-term burden of worry, stress, fatigue and general negativity doesn’t help anyone do anything or get anywhere – and often leads to burnout or the dreaded depression. If you have never experienced depression, believe me, you don’t want to ever take the risk so learn how to manage your stress and fatigue right now! A calm mind, a positive, serene mindset and centred, balanced mental...
  9. Are you perfect? Hint, it isn’t good! Rebuild your attitude for better results…

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook   Here is a little story for you today built out of my frustration with a gite owner who by her rigidity and decision to stick to ‘the rules’ like superglue has lost herself regular bookings (and recommendations) for the next year or so… Briefly – I am going to collect two ‘flatties’ next weekend – flat-coated retrievers to the uninitiated 😉 You may know I am an avid, passionate, fanatical ever-since-I-was-born horse and dog person… My beautiful old dog is now lonely after his last ‘bestie’ sadly died recently so he is about to be invaded by both his daughter and his grandson – that should give him a new spring in his step J  The lady I am getting...
  10. Work Less, Play More: How To Create Income Streams that let you Wind down Work

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    By Faye Watts If you’ve been asking yourself how you can perhaps wind down your hours at work,  and do more of what you enjoy doing,  tax advisor and founder of accountancy firm FUSE Accountants, Faye Watts has these suggestions for building alternative streams of income that will take the onus off your day job. Invest in property If you’re sitting on a large chunk of equity, you may be able to leverage this and release some to purchase one or more buy to let properties and build up a property portfolio that can bring you rental income. Do get professional advice, and think of this as a long term investment, but this can be an ideal option if you still have to work full time for the moment. Start...
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