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  1. Dress to Impress: Perfect Your Work Wardrobe

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    We all want to look our best at work, offering a professional and well-presented image of ourselves. However, this is a task that can sometimes become slightly more difficult once we reach our 50s , especially if we are working with mostly younger colleagues. A good way to approach the task of managing your working wardrobe is to start with the individual items themselves: wearing pieces that are well-designed and made with excellent fabrics will always be far superior to those that are on-trend but cheap. As we will see, there are also good rules to abide by concerning the most flattering shapes, colours and use of accessories. Pick your items wisely Walking into the office is not the same as walking down a catwalk; no matter what magazines describe...
  2. Are men really more innovative than women?

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    Article by Natalie Turner Having just joined the 50s Club, I was excited to be asked to write an article for a site that focuses on being fabulous after 50! Particularly, when it was on my topic of expertise, innovation, and posed such a provocative title. First of all, we need to broaden out the concept of what it means to be innovative. Being an inventor, and being an innovator are not necessarily the same thing, and whilst men dominate the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematical industries), and only 7% of women in the UK are technological inventors, although the trend is rising, it is a well-known fact that many patents end up collecting dust in the registries of organisations, or never see the light of day. To be innovative...
  3. It’s never too late to change career – but ask yourself these key questions first

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Have you  reached your 50s, disappointed in the career choices you have made? Well it’s never too  late to change. But be sure your expectations should you make that change are realistic. As many of us are choosing (or having to) work for longer,  we can plan second, third , or even fourth careers – but make any changes based on informed decisions: Ask yourself some key questions before you change career: What are your transferrable skills? What are your financial needs and expectations? What additional skills/knowledge do you need? What are your timescales? How much happier will you be if you make the change? Does the role fit into an industry sector that is growing or declining? Can you start working in this field while continuing in your current role? How will any change affect your...
  4. Why thinking differently could help you succeed in your career

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    By Paul Sloane, author of The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills You can increase your popularity and success by becoming an ideas carrier, someone who identifies, collects and communicates fresh ideas for other people’s business challenges.  If you work in an office you can do this for your colleagues, your boss or the people who report to you. If you are a consultant or sales person you can do this for your customers. If you are a buyer you can do it for your suppliers. In every case you can build your relationship by helping the other person solve their problems. Let’s say you are in sales. Think of your most important customers. What are their most pressing business challenges? What are the top priorities and...
  5. The secret to career change and starting over: Job Shadowing

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    Article by Lucy Standing Are you sick of these sorts of mantras: ‘find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life’?  You just have to find your passion!  Play to your strengths!  Do what makes you happy!   If so, then read on. This is a no nonsense article, here to blast away unhelpful myths and get you doing some rather uncomfortable things – but things which will work. Let’s start with why these mantras are so tedious.  In essence, they aren’t really ‘wrong’.  There is nothing wrong with the principle of doing work you enjoy and are good at.  The problem is, how on earth are you supposed to know if you’re going to be good at something you’ve never done?  Likewise, finding you passion is easy to...
  6. Returning to work in your 50s: Overcoming an employment gap in your CV

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As the state pension age rises many women in their 50s are now having to look at working for far longer than any us anticipated  but what can you do if you have been out of the workplace for a while and have no idea where to start when it comes to looking for a job ? Many women over 50 are choosing to set up their own business, but the entrepreneurial route is not an option for everyone, so where do you start if you are looking for conventional employment . What do you do if you have to explain an employment gap in your CV? Turning a gap in your CV into a positive First of all you have to assess your skills What was the last paid employment...
  7. 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...
  8. Authenticity in the Workplace – First topic on WomenUp Radio Programme

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    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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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