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!