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At 50 are we now mid-career as well as mid-life?

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

It is quite possible that 1 in 8 women turning 50 this year will live to be 100.  With potentially another 50 years ahead of us, 50 is far too young to become invisible and blend into the background. With the prospect of more of our adult years ahead of us as opposed to behind us, it’s time to redefine how women over  50 are viewed by society and the workplace.

We are a vibrant, resilient, multi-tasking sector of society who has much to offer.  We also owe it to ourselves to make sure that we are well prepared for the next stage of our lives. From managing our finances to ensure that we are financially secure later in life, taking care of our health, and taking advantage of opportunities to make sure our skills are up to date so that we can remain competitive in today’s job market.

At 50, we can anticipate at least another 16 years ahead of us before drawing our pensions – it is vital that we equip ourselves  to be attractive to prospective employers. We need to stress the advantages of employing more mature workers as part of a diverse team. As midlife women we are fitter and healthier than the generations  of women before us. We are used to multi-tasking in so many areas of our lives. We have well practised crisis management skills, we are used to communicating across the generations.

We have to embrace the world with confidence , and show employers  that we should be taken seriously for the many benefits we can offers companies, large and small.

We are not invisible, and for employers  we represent  a resilient, pool of people who can make a difference to the bottom line.

At 50 we are now mid-life AND  mid-career  – perhaps  society and the business world just haven’t  quite realised that yet!

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Wendy Butcher

    March 14, 2011

    I wholeheartedly agree with all you have written. In a recent environment I used to work in it must be said that to challenge management to accept us fabulous fifties needs to be a huge campaign.

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      March 15, 2011

      Wendy, thank you for commenting. This is partly why I set up Fabafterfifty- to change perceptions of 50+ women. We have so much to offer and need employers to see us as we really are! Please encourage your friends and colleagues to post their thoughts on this – if enough of us shout loud enough we can make a difference!

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