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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
I hope in the future professions such as nursing social carers transport staff cleaners shop workers postal workers refuse collectors utility workers and any others that provide essential services will be seen as respected professions and not as just a job to go into if you are not an academic achiever.
Too often our young people are encouraged to go to university and leave unable to find work. Would it not be better to improve salaries and have the public appreciate that these roles are equally as important as any other in the smooth running of society.
At 60 years old, I still have a minimum of 6 years to work.
I am very unhappy in my current job and have applied for many other jobs with no success.
I believe that potential employers are not giving me a chance because of my age. I feel this is very short sighted of them as I can offer a great deal of experience and can be flexible as I no longer have to think of things like childcare.
Does anyone have any advice as to how or where I can find a job in administration where I will be judged on my capabilities and not my age?
Hi my name is Philip - I'm a well travelled English guy, I'm well educated I have many years experience as a restaurant owner, now having retired, and single, I would love to meet someone to be their companion, cook, driver, travel companion, or whatever, I would be happy to relocate to any country. If you would like to know more just ask.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.