It was easy for our parents – once they married they switched into ‘mature clothes’ and age a bit more and it was sensible slacks and lots of beige.
I helped the journalist to create an article on Finding work at 50+ for Yours Magazine. It should be helpful for you, let me know what you think.
Holidays are important to me. They are the time I switch off from work, and I go away at Christmas as its’ a quiet time for my business and I also want to escape the family emphasis. I’m estranged from my children and it hurts much more at this time of the year.
There are 4 main reasons people struggle to get a job in later life. Here are some reasons why people need practical job search tips. They
In this video, I talk about how easy it is to get distracted, and how I aim to work SMART with my time. What works for me is to work on a big task, first thing. This could be to write a chapter of a book, or work on some client work. I then check emails perhaps a couple of hours later. Anything that is not work-related goes into my READ LATER folder.
As I age …
I started a diary on 1st January, then put it to one side. Would people be interested in what I have to say? But I’m a writer, I’m a career coach, and seek to inspire people to make the rest of their life, their best life. So here I am.
Back on 1st January I entered my 60th year. It seems so old, like many I don’t feel my age, people tell me I don’t look my age, and I seek out adventures.
It’s mid week, time for my regular newsletter. I’ve been busy. Partly with client work but also with changing over to a new computer. It’s always a big job to get things set up properly. I keep all my passwords safe, well most, and of course the one I’ve lost is now so old that I can’t get it reset so looking to ‘work around’ rather than spend over £100 on something I may not need.
Over 60 – don’t want to retire: Back in November I was approached by Woman & Home and asked if I would be one of their experts to work with a reader, helping them with a career decision. I was assigned to Christine who had worked in nursing for all her working life and at 65 was not ready to retire but wanted a new challenge, but what?
I had a couple of sessions with Christine where I found out more about the sort of person she is and options for her to consider. You can read more about my work with Christine on page 72 of the March 2010 edition of Woman & Home.
“I need a job said Valerie, my pension isn’t enough but who is going to want to employ me?” Dig deeper and the real problem was not what she had to offer (lots of useful skills and experience) but her self-belief in being able to get a job at job search at 50 plus.
If we think we are too old, then others will agree. But if we think of ourselves as vibrant and energetic with marketable skills and an ability to get on with others, then what’s not to like about employing us?
Many of the people I work with are unhappy in their job, they are counting off the years to retirement. Some want to be able to retire and take it easy. For others retirement is going to mean working for themselves or a portfolio career.
If you have a vision of a different life in the future, you could make a start on working towards this future now. This could be the time for your Career Reinvention
Here’s some helpful tips for a Career Reinvention.