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Made redundant at the age of 50

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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PurpleHat
23rd Feb 2021 22:17:59
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A family member was in the same situation. He signed on with an Agency placing people in temporary jobs. It kept him going for two years and he was finally offered a permanent job with one of his placings.

From being an indoor worker he became an outdoor man and loves it. Look outside the box for something completely different perhaps. The days of office working are gone. I found that out myself 20 years ago at the age o f56. Good luck.
Saywhat
19th Jul 2021 18:47:36 (Last activity: 19th Jul 2021 19:52:44)
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Can I ask what type of driving job you took?
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melmoth
31st May 2021 23:29:14 (Last activity: 1st Jun 2021 12:05:22)
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At 50 I was basically too expensive for the payroll.

the weird thing is, I get re-hired at a higher pay rate , but as temporary staff.
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Response from melmoth made on 1st Jun 2021 12:05:22
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WindsorLad
24th Feb 2021 17:33:36
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Hi. Surely you couldn't go far wrong seeking out a driving job. It's not all zero hours and poor pay.
I took a driving job after I retired and find it really enjoyable. Good Luck
No2FB
23rd Feb 2021 00:46:27 (Last activity: 23rd Feb 2021 08:16:56)
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I feel your pain, and I'm dipping water out of my sinking boat in this murky dark sea of employers who hire young people. It's just the way it is. Well, you know we could collaborate? That's right. Most of us know what it means when they say, " you are over qualified". Why doesn't anyone here think and work toward a solution? We might have the words, but not the courage to put them to action?

CALLING ON ALL SILVER SURFERS, LET'S DEVELOP A REAL SILVER VERIFIED EMPLOYMENT AGENCY?
Anyone have suggestions?
Anyone?
Hello?
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Pedalpusher
19th Sep 2020 15:41:20 (Last activity: 20th Sep 2020 12:04:56)
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I too was made redundant at 50 after working in the same field of employment since I left school. After the initial shock and then having all my job applications rejected I decided it was time for another approach, I had no ties so I moved to Devon and have never regretted it, That was 12 years ago and I now work part-time in a supermarket and have a nice life living by the seaside, ok I don't earn as much as I used to but money isn't everything, I've made new friends and have a new partner, To anyone I would say that it just goes to show that it is possible to turn your life around for the better.
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Response from Pedalpusher made on 20th Sep 2020 12:04:56 > @Sally - Silversurfer's Editor
Thank you for the welcome Sally.
PurpleHat
8th Jun 2020 22:15:47
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I was made redundant at 57, tried for other jobs, had interviews, but the jobs always went to a younger person. Would there be any advantage money-wise between taking voluntary redundancy and waiting until the push? otherwise it seems easier to get other employment by looking while you are still working than when you have left. Otherwise, there seem to be opportunities at present if you are prepared to take a completely different job, such as office worker to delivery driver or agriculture etc. Just a few thoughts. Good luck, Waiting42022
Waiting42022
8th Jun 2020 16:11:12
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I've been furloughed (occupational health department have sheilded me since the lockdown started) and due to restart next week. The company have just announced redundancies. Given that I'm one of the eldest in my workshop, 58 years old, and given I'm not in the best of health which has not affected my attendance record. I feel I have no option but to take the voluntary redundancy option, jump before being pushed.
I think it's going to be difficult finding another job at my age and in the current climate. I'm not sure if my pensions will be enough to live on. I'm thinking a part time job would help but again in the current climate I think that would be difficult to find. Just not sure what to do.
MarieP5
1st Jun 2020 14:03:59 (Last activity: 1st Jun 2020 14:59:10)
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Hi I'm 51 and in the same position. Thinking of trying something different but no idea what.

I've always worked in an office, now I feel like doing a job I enjoy and am passionate about.
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IanD7
5th Jun 2018 00:17:24
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bad luck matey, i was made to go, against my will, at 63 and that was bad enough. took me about 4 yrs to get over the feeling of rejection as ridiculous as that sounds.
Molly5
4th Jun 2018 13:29:04
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Hello all

Like many folk on here, I was made redundant in June 2017. A long story and a huge 'farce', as basically the men wanted a younger female in the job.

Anyway, after 12 months, I am still looking for that permanent job, but in the meantime, lost my home due to the poor Universal Credit 'reviews'. So now stay with family.

However, I can also concur about ageism in the working world being rife and much more.

Plus, having also applied for over 400 jobs in the last 12 months, I am now looking at returning to university to study a completely different subject, at the grand old age of 51.

I am single so have no support from a partner, have no more savings and unfortunately no dependants. Thus, what might appear to be an approach of 'the world is my oyster', still does not feel comfortable, as according to general society - I should be married, at least three children, live in a suburban semi detached and be looking forward to retirement.

Life has given me many 'curve balls'......but I still keep going and have absolutely no idea what the future holds, but it has to be better than the last 18 months in a job and company which I hated. And which very nearly finished me off with the stress.

I'm not looking for sympathy, just my next chapter in life............so my heart goes out to you all, if you are looking for a job over the age of 50. It's damned difficult to get a 20 to 30 year old in some HR department, to understand that we all need jobs, no matter how old you are. And EVERY working life skill, is fully transferable.
Marie63
2nd Jul 2017 16:20:51
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Hello Geek84 Iwas also made redundant a week before my 50th birthday,it was a very scary experience, I tried going to the job centre but they seemed more interested in telling me when I would be eligible for benefits rather than helping with employment. I worked in the care sector so applied for any job that came up and I was lucky enough to get four interviews and was offered two of the jobs so I chose a full time position. In all I was unemployed for three months, I know I was lucky and I hope by now that you have also succeeded in gaining employment.
Blair
24th Mar 2017 00:02:06
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Hi
How are you getting on with your job search? I know from first hand how traumatic this can be .... Ageism is still alive and kicking even tho lots are in denial about that. So I set up my own business which has been a lot more liberating in all sorts of ways.

I would be interested to hear how you are getting on, whether you secured a job or what has happened ... Here to help if you need it. Contact direct.

Cheers
ecarg
1st Mar 2017 15:33:45
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Have you got a hobby or interest that you could use as an opening into a job outwith your office skills.
Prehaps you could work part time for yourself and part time for an employer .
There'as lots of help available it's just knowing where to find it ,suggestions as Carole AH but also try your'e local council re becoming self employed.
Good Luck
CaroleAH
1st Mar 2017 12:27:11
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Hi,
First of all - sorry to hear about your redundancy and the stress which it is causing. I don't want to state the obvious so presume that you are registered at your local Job Centre and that you use their Universal Jobmatch service which is available on-line. Although many companies prefer you to complete their job application forms instead of submitting a CV it is vital that your CV is up-to-date, honest and covers your work history in chronological order so that you can apply for jobs which don't require an application form. You should not have to state your date of birth or give the year in which you passed your GCSEs - this is to prevent age discrimination although it doesn't take much brain power to work out an approximate age of an applicant from the years they have worked in various jobs. Have you got skills other than admin and finance which could be utilised eg a love of gardening or DIY would be an asset to anyone applying for a job in a garden centre or somewhere like B&Q; a complete change from what you have been doing but I tend to think that it is always easier to get another job if you are already working. I hope this has been of some help - I know what a blow to the self-esteem redundancy can be. Good luck!

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