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  1. Career change over 50: Why you should NOT let age get in the way of your dream job! Ronald Reagan didn’t!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When it comes to a career change over 50 , success really can be a matter of mindset. Whether you are looking for a complete change of career direction, are looking for a new role as a result of redundancy or returning to the workplace following a career break, how you feel about your can make all the difference – if you believe it will be a barrier it will be. When Ronald Reagan decided to run for President of the USA at the age of 69, the elephant in the room was his age. He decided to confront it head on in a positive humorous way in one of the debates saying: “I want you to know that...
  2. Don’t let Age be a Barrier in your Job Search.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have lost track of how many times I have heard individuals in their 50s and beyond say that there was no point in even trying to look for a  new job as their age would count against them. Why would you assume that? Accepting defeat before you even start is a self perpetuating prophesy. Think of the positives you are able to offer an employer even in light of the pandemic. You have a wealth of experience you can bring to an employer You have a wealth of experience you can bring to an employer – and far from being averse to learning new technology research has shown that it is older workers who are most willing to adapt and embrace new technology...
  3. Questions You Should Ask a Job Search Coach

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With many individuals facing redundancy, and increased competition for every job vacancy, many jobseekers may feel they need some additional support in their job search and look for guidance from a job search coach, especially individuals who have been with an employer for an extended period of time, and find the way in which companies recruit has changed dramatically since they last looked for a new role. I have seen many life coaches pop up in my social media streams offering career reviews and assistance with putting CVs together for those who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic and lockdown. Life coaches can play a valuable role in terms of helping you determine what you want to do in the future...
  4. Job Possibilities Post Lockdown

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    Due to the lockdown, there are an estimated 650,000 jobs that could be cut in the next few weeks. That is going to put so many families into peril and it can be quite disheartening to learn that you have been let go. You have every right to sit around and sulk for a few days but after that, you have to realise that you cannot give up. Something else always comes around the corner. Better yet, you could be proactive and search for jobs that you can do to boost your recovery out of this recession. But where do you even begin?   Short-term training If you want to know what kind of job is always very popular, it’s the teaching of driving. Youngsters will always...
  5. Is your job at risk following lockdown?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. The workplace has changed dramatically. Those who are not key workers have mostly adjusted to working from home or have been furloughed. As we ease out of lockdown the future for many is uncertain. Will working remotely become the norm – in spite of the government encouraging us to return to traditional workplaces, or will our jobs even exist in a few months time? The government has announced various job creation schemes for younger workers – but no mention has been made of similar schemes for those at the later stages of their working lives. Caught in the situation comprising a shrinking job market, decrease in private pension values and the increase in the age at which you...
  6. 5 Reasons to Start Freelancing  Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

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    It’s beginning to seem like the pandemic has caused permanent or long time change to a lot of things. That change has heavily seeped into the way we work and make money as a whole. It’s equally no secret that a huge many people saw the nature of their work change, or found their roles redundant as a result of the virus.  A lot of people have had to look for other ways to make ends meet. A highly sought out solution these days is freelancing, yet a lot of people are unaware of why it could be a good route to take. To clarify, here are 5 reasons to start freelancing amidst Covid-19 pandemic. You’ll be your own boss Think of it this way,...
  7. Tips for working from home during the Coronavirus crisis

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was chatting to friend who works full time in a traditional 9 to 5 working environment about the impact of the Coronavirus. Apart from the obvious concern about the virus itself, she said she was dreading the prospect of having to work from home although she has in the past done so on the odd ‘snow’ day.  With many companies asking employees to work from home as a precautionary measure, and individuals self isolating when returning from abroad, many are working from home for the first time. I realised that I have been working from home for nearly 30 years  – initially for short periods of time while managing a medical condition, and later full time. Initially it took some adjustment – and in...
  8. Redundancy over 50: Things to do BEFORE you send out your CV

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I meet many individuals who, as soon as they are made redundant, rush to put together a CV and send to as many potential employers as possible. There are so many things you need to do BEFORE you do this. First of all there are some practical considerations. As an employee, you may well have taken advantage of an employee benefits package which has included life insurance and health cover (amongst other benefits). How long (if at all) will these benefits continue once you have left employment? Which do you wish to continue to fund privately – is it possible to arrange cover with the same providers to ensure continuity?  These are issues that need to be addressed before leaving. Before rushing into looking...
  9. Podcast: Interview with Dr Louise Pendry on Managing the Menopause in the Workplace and the Benefits of a Menopause Cafe

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        Dr Louise Pendry of Exeter University talks to  Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty about positive and constructive ways to manage the menopause in the workplace, based on her experience of setting up a menopause cafe, and putting together a menopause guidance policy for her own workplace. You can also listen on iTunes  Scroll down for full transcript Dr Louise Pendry can be contacted via her university email address l.f.pendry@exeter.ac.uk   Full transcript: Interview with Dr Louise Pendry on Managing the Menopause in the Workplace and the Benefits of a Menopause Cafe Hello. And...
  10. Women over 50: Do we feel pressured to hide our age in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Often people believe that there is age discrimination in the recruiting of new employees, but increasingly I am being told that individuals are trying not to reveal their age to work colleagues due to fear of being considered ‘old’ leading to exclusion in projects, consideration for promotion, and inclusion in social events. In a world where we are living longer, and expected to work for longer – far longer than we had perhaps anticipated, why is it that many feel compelled , not to lie, but certainly not to be open about their age. A couple of recent incidents come to mind. I happened to meet somebody who was a marketing director at a large communications...
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