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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Changing your career over 50: Lis shares her career reinvention journey

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    Article by Lis McDermott   I keep meeting people who tell me that they are too old to change their career.  These are mostly ladies in their late 40’s to early 50’s.  They have a real passion for something, but think that it is too late for them to make changes and follow their dream. I’m now 63, and changed my career at the age of 56.  For 34 years I worked in music education with a range of roles, finally as the Music Adviser for Wiltshire.  During those 34 years I had the most amazing and rewarding career, working with some lovely colleagues,  teachers and students.  I was able to share my passion for music with others, and also develop my own skills.  Life was good! Why make a...
  4. Over 50s Job Discrimination – New study finds older workers 25 times less likely to get a job interview

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   An article in the Telegraph highlights worrying new research on age discrimination  – indicating that women over 50 are 25 times less likely to get a job interview than women in their late 20s even when they had the same level of job qualifications AND more experience  read full article in Telegraph. At a time when we are living longer and are expected to work for longer with changes in pension legislation increasing the age at which we are entitled to a state pension and with the elimination of the default retirement age  this is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed. In theory legislation is in place to prevent age discrimination, but in practice legislation cannot change attitudes.   I witnessed this first hand in my...
  5. Older workers and Productive Ageing – a talk by Ros Altmann

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Why employers need to recognise the value of older workers. I attended an interesting lecture yesterday given by Ros Altmann on behalf the International Longevity Centre entitled ‘Productive Ageing’. Ros has been appointed by the UK Government as the Older Workers Business Champion. It is a much needed role and is bringing the topic of an older workforce and the issues facing the over 50s in or looking for employment centre stage. Ros echoed many of the themes already highlighted on Fab after Fifty Increased longevity creating need for longer working lives Positive impact of older works on the economy Positive impact of older workers on individuals health and self esteem ...
  6. Carers receive helping hand in attempts to work flexible hours

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    Article by FabafterFifty For many people caring for ill, injured or disabled relatives, whilst working flexible hours is an absolute necessity. This is because they need all the time available to ensure that the ones they love have all the care needed, but juggling a career with being a carer for family members can be hard work at the best of times. Until June this year, carers were the only people in work who could make requests for flexible working hours to their employers. However, the government introduced a law change which massively opened up this right to anyone who has worked with the same company for a minimum of 26 weeks – exactly half a year. On the face of it, this could be positive for many carers. Home comforts Requesting flexible...
  7. Are you facing redundancy in your 50s?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I am receiving a lot of messages from readers of Fab after Fifty at the moment who are being made redundant in their 50s. Many are concerned that their age may be a factor in seeking new employment, others are concerned that they may not have the skills wanted in today’s marketplace, and others see it as an opportunity to set up their own business or do something they have always wanted to do. You need to sit down and really evaluate your skillset. Have you maintained your skills , technical knowledge, industry knowledge? How much have you invested in keeping current over the past few years. If you use technology in your role have you been using the most up to date...
  8. Finding Funding – Financing New Business For Women Over 50

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    Article by Helen Sherlock They say that 50 is the new 30, and in some ways that’s true – we’re certainly much younger and healthier than previous generations as they turned 50 – but we’ve also had the opportunity to gain much more self-awareness, and assurance in ourselves. We know what works for us and that makes women over 50 great entrepreneurs. Using Age To Our Advantage When asking women over 50 about their experiences of starting up with their own business, many admit that it’s a risk – but a well timed, well thought out and well orchestrated one. For most of us, with over a quarter of a century’s worth of working life under our belts, even if we’ve been unsure until now what we wanted to do with our...
  9. Do Women over 50 have an Advantage in the Workplace in the Relationship Economy?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon In a world where we are living longer and consequently working longer, there have been many debates regarding how this affects women over 50 in the workplace, particularly with the increase in state pension age. Women are no longer looking at retiring at 60, but working well into their 60s and even beyond. Some through necessity and some through choice. I receive lots of messages from concerned women in their 50s who feel that they have little hope of finding employment over 50 – and that age discrimination as a major factor. Women over 50 and the Relationship Economy I think however that employers need to  see the advantages that women over 50 can bring to the workplace – particularly in...
  10. Women over 50 in the Workplace – Do We Have a Sell by Date

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As you know- I am always championing women over 50 in the workplace. But do we have a sell by date, and if we do, what should we be doing to extend it? Whether for financial reasons or simply because we enjoy working, women are working for longer than ever before.  According to figures released by the TUC, more than 1.6 million more women over 50 are currently working than 20 years ago. In fact 60% of women between 50 and 64 are economically active, with many choosing to set up their own businesses as feel they are discriminated against when it comes to mainstream employment. With the increase in the state pension age, for many to NOT work is no longer an option. But how well received are...
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