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  1. These Powerful Australian Women Know Their Business

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      Women around the globe have made significant strides in the business world in the past several decades, but a select few from Australia have managed to rise to the top of the executive class and successfully sit at the helm of hugely successful ventures. These women aren’t just rich and powerful influencers, they’re prime examples of how one can go far with a bit of savvy and gumption. Here are five Australian female entrepreneurs who have used creativity and expertise to take their careers to the next level. Naomi Milgrom You can’t hit Australia’s high street scene without running into one of Naomi Milgrom’s retail chains, which is why she’s such a powerful force in fashion. With over 500 stores and more than 3,900 staff members to manage, this...
  2. Top tips on how to think like an innovator

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    Article by Paul Sloane     If we can mimic the thinking of the great innovators then maybe we can mimic their successes too.  Here are some tips. Reinvent yourself.  Madonna is an excellent song writer, performer and lyricist but the longevity of her success is due to her powers of reinvention. She has changed her styles, fashion and music many times. She started with a pop and dance music in the ‘Like a Virgin’ style.  Madonna’s look, was highly influential and she became a female fashion icon.  In the 1980s she had bleached hair, lace tops, fishnet stockings and heavy jewellery. She then embraced Hollywood glamour as a ‘Material Girl’ in the style of Marilyn Monroe.  In the 1990s with ‘Justify My Love’ she pushed the boundaries of...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Starting a Business after 50? Online Courses Can Help

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    Article by Fab after Fifty Though the paths to success may vary widely, ask any entrepreneur why they started their own business and you’ll spot running themes in their answers. For those of us facing a later retirement date than expected, it’s often a matter of destiny, namely controlling our own. People also cite finding the right work/life balance, pursuing a personal passion, and rising to a particular challenge as responses to what prompted them to take a plunge into the unknown. It’s interesting that the prime reasons given for starting a business are often to do with personal gratification. However, this is just one component of owning your own company. The obvious potential for financial rewards and the ability to choose who you work and network with also loom large on...
  6. 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,...
  7. 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...
  8. Ten Reasons Why You Should Consider Writing As A Second Career

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    Article by Colette Dartford I wrote my debut novel, Learning To Speak American, when I was in my early fifties. I had recently moved from my home in Somerset to California’s glorious Napa Valley and the terms of my visa prevented me from doing any paid work. Relocating meant that I had given up my career as a Research Consultant but I decided to view this as a positive not a negative – an opportunity to develop my passion for creative writing into a second career as a published author. Of course it didn’t simply happen overnight – writing requires dedication and hard work – but it was immensely rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone who has the resources to give up their day job, or who is retired...
  9. 5 Tips to Turn Passions into Profits

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook So now you have decided you want to do something you love and make money at it, what is the next step? You need to be objective and analyse with a clear mind. This can often be the most difficult part of the project as when we are passionate about something we don’t always see the flaws or complicated, we are blinded to them by our eagerness to believe… Here are some brief tips to get you thinking about what is necessary to get you on a sound footing towards success and a new fulfilling future: Market research – I know, I know, the boring part! I hate it too, best thing I know for sending me straight to sleep! However, to avoid sleepless nights...
  10. 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...
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