Career change ideas
3 Posts Last Activity 08/07/2017
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Hi, this is my first post on here, I am 56 and looking for something new, I've worked in sales most of my career both retail and direct with most of those years in a management capacity. I am currently self employed in sales but feel the time has come for something new. Two ideas I have couldn't be further apart, horticulture and counselling. Any feedback on how to approach these or any other ideas would be most welcome, thanks.
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Looking for career advisers (offices not online) in N. Surrey
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I am 60 and looking to change my career completely. I have done it once before, shifting from motor industry to teaching, initially engineering but latterly English. I now want another change and am not sure what to do and I realise I need professional advice. The internet is all very well but I want to sit down in front of another human being and have a real discussion on the subject. Has anyone got any suggestions or recommendations? I would be grateful of your opinions and experiences.
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Over 50 and just lost job
4 Posts Last Activity 29/05/2017
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Hi Folks I hope you're all well. A friend of mine who is just over 50 years of age lost his job last month. He was working in an accounts department as a credit controller. He has about 15 years' experience of the job and has always done office work, - administration & credit control. He is now very upset and doesn't know what to do next, and wondering if anyone would employ him at his age. He is now looking for other opportunities and needs to find a job/career that brings in a good wage which would cover his usually household bills and mortgage payments. He also has 2 young children attending secondary school. Can someone be kind enough to advice the best course of action to take and whether he should keep in the same field of work (accounts) or retrain for something else? Thank You.
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After School "Granny" Work
1 Posts Last Activity 14/05/2017
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Hi, I'm a new silver surfer! I run an agency which supplies after school carers to local families in SW London, and I'm looking for some advice. Many of these families are looking for an older person to look after their children at the end of the school day and also on an ad hoc basis during school holidays. Someone who is perhaps a real granny, or someone who has recently retired and misses work but doesn't want to work full time, someone whose own children live far away and therefore they don't see their own grandchildren very often... whatever the reasons, the life experience of people in this category is highly valued. Can anyone advise me about reaching out to people who fit this bill? Or, more generally speaking, if you were looking for part-time work of any kind, where would you be most likely to start your search? Any help is much appreciated!
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Anyone Working From Home?
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Hello, My wife and I run a small craft based glass business from our home and I wondered if there were any kindred spirits out in Surferworld? Our business is called Mackintosh And More and we have been operating in one shape or form since 2004. Our attitude to work is quite focused as this is not a hobby it is how we make a living. We are always happy to share thoughts and experiences of our journey so far and always willing to learn. So why not tell us what business you run from home? Thanks for listening, Alan (and Marion).
Made redundant at the age of 50
4 Posts Last Activity 02/07/2017
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Good Morning Folks - I hope you're all well. I was made redundant about 6 months ago, at the age of 50. I have always done office work and have more than 20 years' experience of general office administration and accounts/finance work. I have joined various employment agencies in an attempt to find work, but have not had any success. I have even thought of becoming self employed, but haven't got the confidence of going it alone, and not sure if I could get enough customers for my business to survive. Could anybody be kind enough to suggest what I could do in order to increase my chances of finding employment? My wife and I are having sleepless nights about this !! Thank You
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Can older people help young people?
3 Posts Last Activity 11/01/2017
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Currently youth unemployment and the growing isolation and loneliness of older people are considered core problems in both local communities and society as a whole. In your opinion what do you consider to be the most important, and why? Given the choice, which group would you prefer to support, and why?'Would you be willing to use your skills and knowledge to support the younger generation?How do you think they could be supported? Lots of questions I know, but older people have so many skills that can often be overlooked once retirement age is reached. We all know it's just a new phase of life beginning which can be a very exciting one, but can also be a bit sad and lonely for many. If the many skills, talents and sense of fun could be used to help young people to get a foot on the employment ladder (and also help prevent isolation), do you think this is a good idea? Or what about something like a call centre or employment agency staffed only by people over a certain age? I would appreciate everyone's thoughts on this.
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Factory Fire in Bangladesh - how can we influence working conditions?
1 Posts Last Activity 13/09/2016
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This is the second time a Factory has caught fire in the "sweatshops" that make the clothes we wear, ought we to boycott them until they provide better working conditions? Major Stores like M & S use them.
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Suspension from work
6 Posts Last Activity 17/10/2016
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I have been suspended from my work. I want to appeal against the actual suspension, does anyone know about the legal side, I keep reading that I have to wait for a hearing, though I was given a letter( whilst drinking in the pub out of work time) I have no idea of the allegations made about me and I disagree with the phrases used as a reason. Also I think there is a conflict of interest as my sister is my employer, she has been bullying and harassing me through text messages and she seems to be the investigator of the allegations. It's all very complicated , I was handing my notice before knowledge of this as my husband job relocating and when the deputy manager told me there had been a complaint, she told me to go on the sick, then she wouldn't have to give me the letter and she would write me a fab reference, it felt like bribery, she said that I shouldn't ruin my future job prospects with a disciplinary procedure and go on the sick... I of course totally refused and told her as I have done nothing wrong to give me letter and proceed... Also I feel like I'm being discriminated against as other staff members have been disciplined by warning and not suspended or asked to go on sick for actually doing and admitting to doing the things that I have alleged to have done.... I'm sorry if seems bit mixed up, I'm very confused and bit baffled by the whole affair
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Career advice for over 50s please?
11 Posts Last Activity 25/05/2017
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Any advice for an over 50 looking to start a new career?
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