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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Health, skills, confidence and right attitude needed to be employable over 50

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We’re living longer, and working longer- some of us continue to work through choice, and others through financial necessity. With the state pension age edging closer and closer towards 70, whereas at one point as we approached 50 we might have anticipated slowing down in our working lives- now at 50 we are practically mid career. But how do we ensure that we remain employable over 50?  Most of the readers here know me as the founder of Fab after Fifty- what many don’t realise is that I have had a career for more than 25 years as an international hunter, working on assignments in the UK, US, Canada and across Europe – so I do know just a little about what employers look for during the recruitment...
  4. Women over 50 are worried about what the future holds when it comes to employment prospects.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was at The Young at Heart Show over the weekend and got to meet a lot of Fab after FIfty readers face to face – which was great. As I chatted to hundreds of women over the 2 days there was a recurring theme in many of the conversations.  Nobody was talking about wrinkles or grey hair – but many women in their 50s and 60s were concerned about what their financial  future would hold.   Many women had found themselves divorced and either had been made redundant or thought they might be, and were concerned about how they would cope financially – especially in the context of having seen their retirement age increase as a result of recent changes in legislation. As one said – ‘I thought I could...
  5. More than 50% of women over 60 are still working . What are the implications?

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Whether through choice or necessity more women over 60 are working than ever before.  20 years ago only 35% of women worked beyond 60, but now that figure has jumped to 51.5% (according to the Office for National Statistics). When we all started work the expected retirement age was 60, but with changes in legislation,  many will now have to wait to the age of 67 before being eligible for the state pension, and with current annuity rates so low, many cannot afford to retire on their private pensions. We have talked many times Reinvention as opposed to Retirement , and with our energetic and positive approach to life most of us in all likelihood many of us would probably feel they would like to work in some...
  6. Learning new skills over 50.You never know what you can do until you try!

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s never too late to learn new skills, and if we want to stay employable and marketable – especially with the increase in age for eligibility for a state pension, then we really do have to take personal responsibility to ensure our skills are up to date. When I first started my career in headhunting- the telephone was my primary business tool and a lot of communication, proposals, meeting confirmations etc were sent by post. In fact I worked for the first recruitment company in Ottawa to install a fax machine (now I am showing my age!)– which initially was not terribly helpful as very few companies had a fax machine to receive faxes at the other end. Moving forward we progressed to email, conference...
  7. Juggler, Soloist or Explorer? Think before you apply for that role

    Article by Jenny Garrett As a woman over fifty, you may find the idea of seeking a new job terrifying, exhilarating or a combination of both.  The likelihood is that you will be the primary or sole earner in your home and not working won’t be an option for you, so there is no avoiding it. Before you launch straight into your job hunt, consider your life situation, this will affect the type of role you go for.  Take a holistic approach, considering what work can provide and what the right life balance would look like for you. Here are three women’s stories, and some incisive questions which prompted them to take new perspectives on their job-hunt, and might just do the same for you. 1. The Juggler Rose had a series of senior...
  8. What can tea with an astronaut and space travel teach us about working in our 50s and 60s?

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s not every day you get to have afternoon tea with an astronaut, but recently I was fortunate enough to do just that when I met astronaut Jon McBride recently , who was the pilot of the STS 41G orbiter Challenger. Jon led the mission that took the first female American astronauts into space. Jon always had a clear vision of what he wanted to do ‘when he grew up’.  He knew from watching the early cosmonauts that one day he wanted to be in space- and plotted his path to achieve his goal. He researched the backgrounds of the astronauts selected for training by NASA. He saw that it was Naval pilots who tended to be selected over air force...
  9. Is Retirement Bad for You?

    Article by Jan King What with the Filkin Report ‘Ready for Ageing? published in March, and today’s publication by the Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) new study ‘Work Longer, Live Healthier’, retirement is a hot topic. The two reports dovetail nicely with one another. Filkin found that the fixed retirement age was no longer fit for purpose, and that our understanding of what ‘old’ really means is way out of date. He and his Committee urged governments and companies to do more to encourage flexible working for older workers. Retirement can damage your health The IEA’s report takes Filkin a step further by proving that retirement can damage your health. After the initial euphoria following retirement and that wonderful feeling of being...
  10. Is discrimination and short-sightedness at the root of a growing army of unemployed over 50’s?

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw Discrimination and short-sightedness is at the root of a growing army of unemployed over 50’s at a time when the mature workforce need more income. We all know that experience comes with age, but in business, experience is often put to one side because of implied associated higher costs.  It is a rather short sighted business model. The problem is compounded by the fact that we are living longer, therefore we need to work longer to pay for our longevity.  If we are not being allowed to work as long as we want and are able, there will be serious financial implications globally.  The numbers simply don’t stack up. Many over 50s are now being forced to set up their own businesses having been...
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