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Career advice for over 50s please?

Any advice for an over 50 looking to start a new career?

Created By on 02/02/2016

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23rd Sep 2016 17:25:50
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My Yes, my advice is never put your age down in your CV !!!
16th Mar 2018 11:55:36 (Last activity: 19th Mar 2018 16:33:49)
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Hello there - Is there an update to the subject above? I am in my 60s and have been looking for work unsuccessfully for a long time. There were interested recruiters but as soon as they discover my age, they just become silent. Dropped like a hot potato. It is difficult to avoid revealing my age as they always request for the passport or ask point blank my date of birth. I have had several such experiences - it is disappointing & demoralising. The current retirement age is 67. The government should do more to protect people in this age group where employability prospects are concerned. I would like to hear from people with similar issues in ageism & find out ways to overcome them.
Response from Lionel made on 16th Mar 2018 15:56:25
Hello Swong. Sadly there isn't an update on this subject. Nothing has changed.

Although Cameron passed legislation outlawing age discrimination in the work place, companies underwriting Employer Liability policies made only a small change in response. If an employer wants to hire someone over 60 then the underwriter hikes the premium very substantially.

That means in practice very few jobs for over 60's and so many are part time.

Just another example of ill thought out government policies.

My own situation, living in very rural spot, was utterly impossible. My wife has MS and can't be left alone for long; and there was just no work on farms anymore due to 'improvements' in agricultural machinery meaning one man may farm 1100 hectares on his own! I took retirement as soon as I could and in view of the fact I can't often leave the house alone, am working on a couple of selling website to generate a little more income.

Not much of an answer I know, but it's all that was left to me.

Good luck and happy hunting!
Response from Swong made on 19th Mar 2018 16:33:49
Hello Lionel. Thank you for your response. I wasn't aware of the insurance issues covering the employers' liabilities. It is very disappointing but at least I know now to review my job search situation. I appreciate you taking time to respond, hence, providing me an insight to the general work situation for over 60s. Sorry to hear of your wife's MS. Hopefully with the ongoing medical research & advancement in this area, her situation would improve. All the best to you too. Kind regards.
6th Dec 2017 18:47:59
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I am working on my new book showing how we over 50's have an unfair advantage over the younger set when it comes to success. I am looking for some folks like us I can interview to help illustrate some of my points. Ideally these folks would be over 50's who have made a change (In business, health, relationships, etc) and succeeded in a big way. Let's start a conversation about this.
9th Nov 2017 07:37:32 (Last activity: 10th Nov 2017 17:20:23)
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Good morning

My name is Colin and I need some help and advice. I have spent over 4o years in financial services an industry that has changed dramatically. At 59 I need a career change. I also am returning to the UK after 5 years of running businesses overseas. Can anyone offer me some constructive support?
Response from Lionel made on 10th Nov 2017 17:20:23
Colin, I'm not sure anyone here can help with constructive support. So many of us are/were struggling to find meaningful work in these later years. Some were professionals and now unwanted due to their age.

Yet, if it looks bad here my European correspondents tell me it's far worse there. As for the States, well, it's worse still. There's just too many people chasing too few jobs.

In your place I would find a good place to live abroad and be a barman or driver or something simple. Take the heat out of life before life takes the life out of you.

Me? I retired 18 months ago. Not what I wanted but it is the first time in 45 years I've had time to sit and read, think and just be me. Not so bad.
25th May 2017 18:44:05
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Never stop learning, completed my OU degree a few years ago, then went onto acquire a few teaching qualifications. That way you keep up to date and in touch with the younger generation.
I am expecting some young people from abroad who need to improve their English, they view it as a working holiday!
It is easy to finance because under present regulations, you don't have to pay back your loan until your income reaches a certain level. Details on the government website.
Become engaged with education!
19th Nov 2016 20:50:59
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I would suggest working for yourself.

I am a distributor with an eco-friendly online shopping company. You are your own boss, work when you want and in my case in a rewarding industry.

There are lots of these types of companies about and if you put in the effort you can get a very decent income in the short and long term, especially good for that future retirement plan!

Let me know if you want any more advice.

23rd Sep 2016 15:07:20
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Simo64, I work in Talent and Headhunting, I'm also a Career Coach and in my 60's. So by all means let me know if you would like to have a confidential chat
Terry Burnett
21st Aug 2016 10:54:59
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Perhaps our best bet would be to start a small business of some kind. If you are anything like me you may not want to place yourself under the direction of others. Since retiring I've learned to treasure my freedom but still yearn to use my abilities to stay connected, keep mentally fit and yes, earn a bit of cash too. I haven't arrived at a solution yet but think in terms of a cooperative venture with one or two like-minded souls.
25th Feb 2016 12:53:42 (Last activity: 15th Jul 2016 19:37:40)
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Hi Simo64

Have you considered starting an online business? I'm currently learning about affiliate marketing online and it's very interesting. You don't need to be technical and you can choose topics you really like or are knowledgeable about. Yes it does mean having a website but you can build one for free in no time now. It's not a process to quick riches but with some input early on it can earn well. You can do it all from home and part or full time and there are no age barriers to contend with either.

If you'd like any information, let me know.
Response from SovereignInventory made on 15th Jul 2016 19:37:40
Hi, just catching up on some 'old' forum stuff and wondered how you are getting on with your affiliate marketing business, still hard at it or have you succumbed to information overload? I have been looking at online marketing for some time, and now have more time to get stuck in with my own info products (ebooks).
Cheers, Steve.
15th Mar 2016 00:21:32
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We started fostering in our 50s and find it keeps us young. Its very rewarding, interesting and we have found out a lot about ourselves.
10th Feb 2016 16:33:40
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Have a look at the National Careers Service webpages.... lots of helpful advice for all ages!
3rd Feb 2016 14:05:17
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I am also looking for work in the kent area. If anyone has any ideas I would be grateful.
I have experience in project management in the property development sector.
3rd Feb 2016 11:23:52
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Nothing specific but as ageism is still rife in the normal employment market, perhaps an online job is a possibility?

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