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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. Careers over 50: Is retraining as a teacher an option?

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     Article by Fab after Fifty A number of over 50s with established careers succeed in retraining as teachers every year – and making the switch to a career in teaching is more achievable than many think. There are excellent teachers who’ve made the career change into teaching from many walks of life – the financial sector, research scientists, media and marketing, and IT. Many of the best teachers are career changers and transfer valued skills they’ve developed in their industry to the classroom.   Louise Hill, 52, is Head of Art at Hastings High School in Burbage, Leicestershire. Initially Louise studied Fashion & Textiles at university, and began a career as a children’s wear designer. After having children, she left the profession, but once her children reached school age...
  2. Top Tips for Writing and Working from Home

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    Article by Lady T My UK publicists needed photographs of my life in LA – shots by the ocean in Malibu, having afternoon tea, writing at my desk, relaxing in the sunshine. They asked for images that would capture the contrast between London and sunny California, pictures that would reflect the themes in my novels; India’s Summer and Letter from Paris, as well as ones that can be used for my ongoing series Lady Terry’s Tips where I give advice on topics ranging from writing, traveling, public speaking to lifestyle and career change.   I feel that this photograph, taken by my pool on the first day of shooting, captures that formerly elusive je ne sais quoi. It is worthy of Vanity Fair don’t you think? There are many more I will share in coming weeks, but I think this one is perfect...
  3. Caring as a career: How changing career can provide the best work life balance

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    Article by Chloe Michel Work life balance is something that eludes most of us throughout our thirties and forties, while we’re often juggling a young family, work and a bustling household. It’s tricky to take a step back and find the breathing space to seek out a career that’s rewarding, as well as allowing time for ourselves, to pursue a hobby or indulge our wanderlust. As family situations change, we often feel ready for a new challenge and yearn to move away from the 9 to 5. One interesting option is to become a live-in carer looking after the elderly in their own home. Not only is this a unique, extremely rewarding and flexible choice, it’s one where life experience is a virtue, rather than something that counts against you.   Live-in...
  4. 6 Top Tips for Preparing a Speech

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    Tips From Lady T The woman behind top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson shares secrets of speaking success Thérèse, aka; Lady Robinson is the PR and event’s guru who helped her husband; top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson, catapult his career. Indeed her latest novel, Letter from Paris, is a tale of love and career transformation where her heroine, India Butler delivers the speech of her life. So with many hoping for a pay rise at the end of the financial year, Thérèse shares her top tips on preparing a speech, overcoming stage fright and keeping an audience in the palm of your hand: “If the idea of giving a speech or making a presentation leaves you quaking, take consolation from the fact that even the world’s most charismatic professional speakers fight through...
  5. Is Grey the New Green in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Last night I went to see the film The Intern, with Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway ( if you get a chance to do so go! It’s the best film I’ve seen in ages). In the film retired executive Ben (Played by  de Niro) joins an internet company as a senior intern, much to the reluctance of the go-getting Chief Exec and founder played by Anne Hathaway. As the champion of the Senior Intern initiative said ‘Grey is the New Green’. I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, but  Ben’s maturity quickly becomes appreciated and his insights respected. So, should employers in the real world be taking note and actively encouraging mature workers into their organisations. With an ageing population should the ‘grey...
  6. Is Your Age a Factor in your Job Search?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Are you worried that age discrimination is playing a part in your jobsearch? There is legislation in place which theoretically should prevent any candidate applying for a job being discriminated on the basis of age. In reality we all know that perceptions and beliefs of those screening CVs and conducting interview can still reject candidates – even if subconsciously. So what can we do about this? Well, in the first instance we can ensure that our skills are current and relevant, tailoring our CVs to highlight our skills, experience and achievement which are appropriate to both the role and the culture of the company. At interview assume your age is not an issue. When you attended job interviews in your 20 and 30s  at interview did you even consider your...
  7. Changing your career over 50: Lis shares her career reinvention journey

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    Article by Lis McDermott   I keep meeting people who tell me that they are too old to change their career.  These are mostly ladies in their late 40’s to early 50’s.  They have a real passion for something, but think that it is too late for them to make changes and follow their dream. I’m now 63, and changed my career at the age of 56.  For 34 years I worked in music education with a range of roles, finally as the Music Adviser for Wiltshire.  During those 34 years I had the most amazing and rewarding career, working with some lovely colleagues,  teachers and students.  I was able to share my passion for music with others, and also develop my own skills.  Life was good! Why make a...
  8. Over 50s Job Discrimination – New study finds older workers 25 times less likely to get a job interview

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   An article in the Telegraph highlights worrying new research on age discrimination  – indicating that women over 50 are 25 times less likely to get a job interview than women in their late 20s even when they had the same level of job qualifications AND more experience  read full article in Telegraph. At a time when we are living longer and are expected to work for longer with changes in pension legislation increasing the age at which we are entitled to a state pension and with the elimination of the default retirement age  this is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed. In theory legislation is in place to prevent age discrimination, but in practice legislation cannot change attitudes.   I witnessed this first hand in my...
  9. Business over 50: How to charge what you’re worth and get it

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    Article by Vanessa Ugatti When it comes to professional services, charging what you’re worth is definitely not an exact science. Of course, there are overheads to consider, market forces and so on. However, there is another dimension which is far more complex in that it depends on the service provider’s beliefs, thoughts and feelings around his or her value. The concept of True Worth came into being quite simply because I had been coaching for years without even considering charging what I’m worth. For as long as I can remember and long before I became a coach, I felt naturally drawn to helping people shift and really enjoyed doing it. So when I started working with people professionally, I hadn’t really considered my value; in fact, I was not sufficiently confident in myself...
  10. Setting up a business in your 50s: Cheap or Free Resources

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With so many free resources available to help launch new business – or grow existing ones – there has never been a better time to set up a business. I set up (and sold) my first business when I was in my early 30s. Both the initial investment and commitment were significant. Setting up a business 25 years ago. Rental of office ( in my case a serviced office) A PC and laser printer , ISDN lines, graphic design fees, printing costs for brochures , letterhead and cards, postage, phone calls, staff costs, marketing, advertising, Just my PC and printer cost more than £6000. My PC probably did less then than my smartphone is able to do today. To set...
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