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  1. 7 Tips to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

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    Have you ever felt like you don’t belong, or everyone is going to find out that you don’t deserve your achievements? If you can relate to those feelings of chronic self-doubt, you’ve probably experienced imposter syndrome. You’re not alone – studies suggest 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some point in their career. Overall, imposter syndrome stems from a high sense of self-doubt. Instead of attributing your success to your skills, you might downplay your success and attribute it to luck. Signs You Might Be Suffering from Imposter Syndrome Do you relate to any of these patterns? You may set high goals for yourself. Because your goal is perfection, the smallest mistakes may make you feel like a failure. Attribute success to luck. You downplay your success because you do not believe you deserve the...
  2. 12 reasons to be confident when looking for a job over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When it comes to looking for a new role over 50 as we emerge from lockdown , the good news is that job vacancies are very close to pre pandemic levels with 758,000 vacancies listed last quarter- so there are opportunities out there. Employees over 50 have so much to offer a potential employer – approach your job search with confidence in yourself and your abilities. You offer so many advantages over a less experienced hire! Changes in how we work as a result of the pandemic have also helped to level the playing field. Home or hybrid working are a plus for those who juggle work with caring responsibilities . So many reasons to be confident when looking for work over...
  3. More evidence to support the value of women over 50 in the workplace – the Oxford Astra Zeneca Vaccine lead Sarah Gilbert 

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We can’t ignore the fact that age discrimination exists in the workplace. We are still having to deal with the perception that women over 50 are slow to adapt, are unable to learn new things, are low on the productivity scale. None of these perceptions are actually based on facts and in are indeed not true. If we want to look at just one shining example as why women over 50 should not be written off and still have so much to achieve and contribute in the workplace we need look no further than the Oxford Astra Zeneca Vaccine team. The project lead was a woman over 50 The project lead for the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine was Professor Sarah Gilbert, who is 59....
  4. Got A Spare Couple of Hours? Here Are The Online Side Hustles You Could Start Over 50

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    You might be busy with lots on your plate, and you sometimes find it hard to juggle all of your familial and professional responsibilities at once. However, if you’re someone who feels like you’ve found a good balance in these areas, maybe it’s time to step things up a notch? Because if you’ve managed to carve out a spare couple of hours during your day, you can put it to good use making yourself some extra money!  Seeing as the online world is right at your fingertips, it’s a good idea to start there. There are many ways to make money online, even if you’ve only got an hour or two for it, thanks to just how...
  5. Are you returning to the workplace after a career break? 12 Tips for returners

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The prospect of returning to the workplace may feel daunting, but if you approach it in a positive, constructive way it can be  quite straightforward to navigate. Here are some simple tips to guide you through and points to consider, with links to previous articles which address some of the points in more depth.   What are your transferrable skills? List your skills from your previous employment and add the skills you have acquired during your ‘break’. You might be surprised at the value the skills and knowledge you acquired during your break might have –  there is a comprehensive article on assessing you’re your transferrable skills here . It is also covered in the careers module of the ...
  6. Will the government’s skills and education bill resolve the issues for 50plus jobseekers?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It is generally being seen as positive following the Queen’s Speech that the government is introducing a skills and post 16 education bill. But will this resolve the issue of those made redundant in roles in midlife, or those looking to return to the workplace following a career break as carers or full time parents? “Skills and Post-16 Education Bill: Provides a right to government-backed training for all adults who do not have A-levels or equivalents.  All adults will have access to four years of loans to undertake training or education .” I suspect not.  We do not yet have the full details, but only those who do not have A-levels or equivalents qualify. Also , if retraining later in life is it realistic...
  7. Can a Passion for Fashion lead to a new career if you’ve suffered a job loss during the pandemic?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We have been living through unprecedented times as the world has had to navigate the pandemic, with many experiencing job losses as a result. 813,000 jobs have disappeared since the start , 171,000 of those jobs are in retail which primarily affects women. Although retailers are now able to trade again, many familiar names have closed on the high street – a walk through my local town highlights many empty units with fashion and cosmetics seeming to take the brunt of closures. So what are the options for those looking for employment? I often talk about transferrable skills. Those who are used to working with the public generally have excellent communication skills that are well suited to a customer services environment and companies in financial...
  8. Job search over 50: How do you explain a gap in your CV?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon There can be many reasons why you may have a gap in employment. The most extreme case I encountered in my headhunting career was asking a candidate for a job to explain an 8 year gap earlier in his career – he very calmly told me that he had been in prison – for murdering his wife! I had mixed thoughts on that one – 1) I had just shaken the hand of a murderer. 2) 8 years didn’t seem like a very long sentence for murdering someone, 3) He had paid his debt to society so should I even judge?  I have to admit that it was one of the few occasions during interviews that I was at a...
  9. 10 top tips to stay confident in your job search over 50 following redundancy

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Lack of confidence is one of the issues that many of the jobseekers in the Fab after Fifty community say is an issue when looking for work. This is especially true in cases where individuals have been made redundant – and with the economic impact of the pandemic redundancy has become a shock reality for many who at the beginning of 2020 believed their jobs to be secure. So how do you maintain or regain your confidence when you are ensconced in what might seem like an uphill struggle to find a new role?   “For me, it’s...
  10. Why redundancy could also be time of opportunity for career reinvention over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Redundancy is never pleasant, and in these uncertain times is far more stressful than usual – especially if you find yourself navigating the job market over 50. Before you panic, take a deep breath and step back. Rather than jump in putting together a CV and applying for every and any job vacancy, take a step back and think about what you really want to do. Yes there are bills to pay. Perhaps you are still supporting children through their university education or rebuilding your life after a divorce.  But redundancy has also offered you a reset button? How often over the course of your working life did you take time to plan your career? Did you have a plan or did it just evolve? If you look...
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