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  1. Fostering – Choosing a Caring and Rewarding Career

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      Maggie was well into her 50’s when she decided she wanted to focus on a more rewarding career path. She was doing a bit of home care work in between jobs, and enjoyed the feeling of contributing to society. At her age and with her life experience, Maggie knew she had a great deal to offer if only she could find a place where her experience and her warm personality could create a positive change in someone’s world, and she played with the idea of setting up her own business as a child minder. “It was my daughter who told me to think about fostering. She is partially blind and she thought I would be good at supporting a child with needs like her own. I was good...
  2. Older Women Need Career Challenges

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    by Paula Gardner of www.scarletthinking.com Are you hating the idea of a long stroll into retirement? Are people telling you to take it easy, that you’ve nothing left to prove and yet you just want to shout at them “Yes, I do have something to prove…to myself!” Well, you’re not alone. I was fascinated to recently come across the Kaleidoscope career model, created by two academics, Mainiero and Sullivan, that explains how men and women differentiate in their approach to their careers throughout their lives. Early in our careers, both men and women are looking for challenge but then we seem to diverge. Mid-career men look for both challenge and authenticity while women tend to strive for work life balance (I guess that’s the childcare juggling then). Later, we swap and...
  3. Is Portfolio Working the way forward for Women Over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Many women are working in their 50s and 60s, whether through choice or necessity…and as we live longer and adjust to the increase in state retirement age, the challenges of finding employment and staying employable in midlife and beyond need to be met. But do we need to look differently at how we think of work? The world of work has become far more flexible…and our approach to work needs to change accordingly. When we left education and looked for our first jobs, 9 to 5 Monday to Friday for a single employer  was the norm…but today we may need to rethink our view of employment. Technology and acceptance of home working have opened countless possibilities for changing the way in which we work. What is portfolio working? Portfolio...
  4. Tips: What to do about Ageism at Work

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    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw As our working lives are extended, Dr Lynda Shaw offers her tips for addressing ageism in the workplace If you are the employee experiencing ageism   Always try to look your best, and dress in a vibrant and business appropriate way. The sad fact of life unfortunately is we do judge a book by its cover – even if its subconsciously. Make sure you keep up to date with ever changing technology. If you don’t have the technical understanding look into libraries, courses at colleges or other venues where training is offered. Be on top of your game! Don’t look at your age as a negative in fact market it as a positive. If you are an older worker you know how to get a job done,...
  5. Do YOU have the Right Skills to be Employable or Set up a Business Over 50?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With many women finding their retirement plans on hold due to the increase in state pension age, how do women ensure that they have the skills to be employable over 50 and 60? Firstly you need to evaluate the skills and resources, based on your past experience that you can bring to a potential employer, or turn into a business opportunity. If looking for paid employment Sit down and list the skills and strengths that you believe would have a value: Sales abilities (do you have a track record in the workplace or have you had success in a voluntary capacity at fundraising events) Organisational skills . Experience of managing a family, or PTA or charity events may all highlight your abilities Computer literacy..how familiar are you...
  6. Careers over 50: Is retraining as a teacher an option?

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     Article by Fab after Fifty A number of over 50s with established careers succeed in retraining as teachers every year – and making the switch to a career in teaching is more achievable than many think. There are excellent teachers who’ve made the career change into teaching from many walks of life – the financial sector, research scientists, media and marketing, and IT. Many of the best teachers are career changers and transfer valued skills they’ve developed in their industry to the classroom.   Louise Hill, 52, is Head of Art at Hastings High School in Burbage, Leicestershire. Initially Louise studied Fashion & Textiles at university, and began a career as a children’s wear designer. After having children, she left the profession, but once her children reached school age...
  7. Caring as a career: How changing career can provide the best work life balance

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    Article by Chloe Michel Work life balance is something that eludes most of us throughout our thirties and forties, while we’re often juggling a young family, work and a bustling household. It’s tricky to take a step back and find the breathing space to seek out a career that’s rewarding, as well as allowing time for ourselves, to pursue a hobby or indulge our wanderlust. As family situations change, we often feel ready for a new challenge and yearn to move away from the 9 to 5. One interesting option is to become a live-in carer looking after the elderly in their own home. Not only is this a unique, extremely rewarding and flexible choice, it’s one where life experience is a virtue, rather than something that counts against you.   Live-in...
  8. 6 Top Tips for Preparing a Speech

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    Tips From Lady T The woman behind top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson shares secrets of speaking success Thérèse, aka; Lady Robinson is the PR and event’s guru who helped her husband; top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson, catapult his career. Indeed her latest novel, Letter from Paris, is a tale of love and career transformation where her heroine, India Butler delivers the speech of her life. So with many hoping for a pay rise at the end of the financial year, Thérèse shares her top tips on preparing a speech, overcoming stage fright and keeping an audience in the palm of your hand: “If the idea of giving a speech or making a presentation leaves you quaking, take consolation from the fact that even the world’s most charismatic professional speakers fight through...
  9. Is Grey the New Green in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Last night I went to see the film The Intern, with Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway ( if you get a chance to do so go! It’s the best film I’ve seen in ages). In the film retired executive Ben (Played by  de Niro) joins an internet company as a senior intern, much to the reluctance of the go-getting Chief Exec and founder played by Anne Hathaway. As the champion of the Senior Intern initiative said ‘Grey is the New Green’. I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, but  Ben’s maturity quickly becomes appreciated and his insights respected. So, should employers in the real world be taking note and actively encouraging mature workers into their organisations. With an ageing population should the ‘grey...
  10. Is Your Age a Factor in your Job Search?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Are you worried that age discrimination is playing a part in your jobsearch? There is legislation in place which theoretically should prevent any candidate applying for a job being discriminated on the basis of age. In reality we all know that perceptions and beliefs of those screening CVs and conducting interview can still reject candidates – even if subconsciously. So what can we do about this? Well, in the first instance we can ensure that our skills are current and relevant, tailoring our CVs to highlight our skills, experience and achievement which are appropriate to both the role and the culture of the company. At interview assume your age is not an issue. When you attended job interviews in your 20 and 30s  at interview did you even consider your...
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