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

    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...
  2. Over 50s Job Discrimination – New study finds older workers 25 times less likely to get a job interview

    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...
  3. Older workers and Productive Ageing – a talk by Ros Altmann

    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 ...
  4. Carers receive helping hand in attempts to work flexible hours

    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...
  5. Are you facing redundancy in your 50s?

    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...
  6. Finding Funding – Financing New Business For Women Over 50

    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...
  7. Do Women over 50 have an Advantage in the Workplace in the Relationship Economy?

    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...
  8. Women over 50 in the Workplace – Do We Have a Sell by Date

    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...
  9. Women over 50: Age discrimination in the workplace

    Article by Louise Taft Despite being unlawful since 2006, age discrimination in the workplace is a fact of life. The Equality Act outlaws both direct and indirect discrimination against employees and job applicants. Direct discrimination is as it sounds: treating someone less favourably because of their age. Indirect discrimination is applying a rule to everyone that adversely impacts a particular age group. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that older workers find it difficult to find a job: one third of people aged 50-64 are out of work. Frighteningly, if you become unemployed in your 50s and remain so for a year, you are more likely to die or start drawing your pension than get another job. Research found direct age discrimination in job searches, with identical CVs giving an...
  10. You can reinvent your career and start a business in your 50s – or 60s says Dr Lynda Shaw

    Interview with Dr Lynda Shaw Your fifties is the ideal time to set up your own business and it may help to keep you healthy according to Cognitive Neuroscientist and Business Improvement Strategist, Dr Lynda Shaw, at a time when the UK still faces rife ageism in the workplace. This is a topic we cover frequently here on Fab after Fifty – as we explore the best ways for us to make the best half of life – not forgetting that for many of us we have to work beyond 50 out of financial necessity, as well as for enjoyment- and for many self-employment appears to be the only option available to us. Dr Lynda Shaw says the UK is seeing a wave...
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