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  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. 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...
  3. 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 ,...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. How To Survive A Psychopath Boss by Terence Mauri

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     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...
  7. 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...
  8. Are you looking for a job over 50? 10 Top tips to help your 50plus jobsearch

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When looking for a job over 50 , you need to believe that your age is an advantage, and recognise that you are far from nearing the end of your career – but can draw on your experience gained to date while having the capability to deliver in the future. Understanding your marketable skills Be honest in your assessment of your skills – and how they relate to what employers are actually looking for.  Do your skills need updating?  So you read job adverts and recognise that you are lacking in a given area or new technology? Then address it. Take a course – here are many excellent online programmes to update skills, or even free youtube tutorials.  Alternatively see if there is a role you...
  9. Fostering – Choosing a Caring and Rewarding Career

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      Maggie was well into her 50’s when she decided she wanted to focus on a more rewarding career path. She was doing a bit of home care work in between jobs, and enjoyed the feeling of contributing to society. At her age and with her life experience, Maggie knew she had a great deal to offer if only she could find a place where her experience and her warm personality could create a positive change in someone’s world, and she played with the idea of setting up her own business as a child minder. “It was my daughter who told me to think about fostering. She is partially blind and she thought I would be good at supporting a child with needs like her own. I was good...
  10. Older Women Need Career Challenges

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    by Paula Gardner of www.scarletthinking.com Are you hating the idea of a long stroll into retirement? Are people telling you to take it easy, that you’ve nothing left to prove and yet you just want to shout at them “Yes, I do have something to prove…to myself!” Well, you’re not alone. I was fascinated to recently come across the Kaleidoscope career model, created by two academics, Mainiero and Sullivan, that explains how men and women differentiate in their approach to their careers throughout their lives. Early in our careers, both men and women are looking for challenge but then we seem to diverge. Mid-career men look for both challenge and authenticity while women tend to strive for work life balance (I guess that’s the childcare juggling then). Later, we swap and...
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