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  1. Where are the apprenticeships for women affected by the increase in state pension age?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With 2.5 million over 50 affected by the increase in state pension age and concerned for their futures, it seems incredulous that the only solution offered by Pensions Minister Guy Opperman  in a packed debate in the House of Commons this week was to suggest women retrain or take up apprenticeships. Hardly a solution! in 2015/16 there were 509,000 apprenticeship starts in the UK.  Government statistics  do not break down the number of these apprenticeships taken by women over 50 affected by the changes, only that 11% of the apprenticeships were taken by those ages 45-59, and 1% over 60. Incidentally in 2010/2011 12% of apprenticeships were taken up by the over 45s, so in fact there has been a DECREASE in the proportion of apprenticeships for...
  2. Authenticity in the Workplace – First topic on WomenUp Radio Programme

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Most people who have stumbled across this website will know me as the founder of Fab after Fifty. Those who know me personally will know that I had a long career as a headhunter- working on assignments across the globe. I was recently interviewed  by  Anna Letitia Cook of WomenUp Radio – part of a United Nations initiative to empower women to talk about what part Auhenticity played in my success – especially as I was working in a male dominated environment.   These are just some of the answers to  some of the questions I was asked. You will have to listen to the full radio interview to hear all of them! With your experience as an international headhunter and a woman who has worked very successfully in male dominated...
  3. Are we now part of the Experience Economy – if not, should we be?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I wrote a piece some time ago about how I believe we are now working within the Relationship Economy, but should we also be thinking of it as the Experience Economy? It is recognised and accepted that as a country we have an ageing population, and an ageing workforce. With the increase in state pension age people are having to work for longer, and in a recent survey of people aged 55, many said that they fully expected to work in some way to work until the age of 70, whether through necessity, personal interest, or to supplement  their pensions to pay for life’s luxuries. A pool of experience So with all this in mind there is an incredible pool of experience available to employers. A pool of people...
  4. 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...
  5. Fuller Working Lives Partnerships announced by DWP: Is the issue of jobs for women over 50 now being taken seriously?

    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...
  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. 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...
  9. How To Survive A Psychopath Boss by Terence Mauri

     Article by Terence Mauri I have a confession. I once had a psychopath boss. His nickname in the office was ‘silent assassin’. He wasn’t the CEO but did hold a senior position as Head of Department for a big consultancy I worked at. I was in a windowless temporary office set up on his floor where I was asked to help get rid of ten percent of employees owing to difficult trading conditions. The language used to describe this sorry state of affairs was obviously much more slick. ‘Downsizing’ was the term used, if I recall correctly. My boss would make a show of coming in and out of my office and just stay for five minutes practicing his imaginary golf swing without saying a thing. Other times, I’d bump into him in the life and he would just stand there with an unsettling death stare. No hello, no greeting, nothing. I...
  10. We’re not slowing down over 50. Our abilities in the workplace are coming into their own!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The perception  still exists that those of us in our 50s are ‘winding down’ when it comes to workplace. With many of us choosing, or needing to work into our late 60s, and with the increase of the State Pension Age, how do we prove these perceptions wrong? Slowing down in the workplace in our 50s? Not at all! We’re still aiming for bigger and better. Just look at Theresa May . Theresa May – becoming Prime Minister at 59 Theresa May held down one of the most demanding jobs in UK politics in her 50s, that of Home Secretary, to go for the ‘Top Job’, that of Prime Minister at the age of 59. She enters her 7th decade with the challenge of steering the UK through Brexit. What a challenge...
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