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  1. 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,...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Top Tips for Writing and Working from Home

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    Article by Lady T My UK publicists needed photographs of my life in LA – shots by the ocean in Malibu, having afternoon tea, writing at my desk, relaxing in the sunshine. They asked for images that would capture the contrast between London and sunny California, pictures that would reflect the themes in my novels; India’s Summer and Letter from Paris, as well as ones that can be used for my ongoing series Lady Terry’s Tips where I give advice on topics ranging from writing, traveling, public speaking to lifestyle and career change.   I feel that this photograph, taken by my pool on the first day of shooting, captures that formerly elusive je ne sais quoi. It is worthy of Vanity Fair don’t you think? There are many more I will share in coming weeks, but I think this one is perfect...
  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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