Work

The idea that people retired at around 65 and never worked again, went out with the last century. It may still apply to some, but with most people expected to live for another 20 – 30 years, or more, after leaving their careers, many “retirees” are opting to become part time workers, volunteers or even start new, full time careers. There are many benefits associated with this trend. Obviously the extra money is a big help, as many people don’t have enough in their retirement savings. Continuing in the workforce, but in a less stressful position, also keeps people mentally active and connected – all of which is good for our self esteem.

While there are still many examples of hidden age discrimination in the workforce, there is now a growing awareness in both government and industry, that mature age workers are a great resource and part of the solution to the workforce and skills shortages.

However the process of getting an interview and then getting the job has changed significantly over the last 20 years and older workers seeking employment need to adapt. The good news is that there is plenty of help available to guide you on how to present yourself in the best possible light. Our book,”The Rest of Your Life”, contains a section devoted to mature age working. You can buy the book off this web site.

This site also contains a large amount of very useful information on issues like – getting a job, starting your own business, becoming a consultant and volunteering. Have a look at our list of articles.

Volunteering

If you are no longer working full time and have some spare time on your hands or you’re feeling bored and lacking purpose, think about volunteering. It can provide great benefits to both you and your community.Volunteering now is a large, well organized industry which is suppor...
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Articles

The Hon Susan Ryan, Ambassador for Mature Age Employment, and Colin Johns, Managing...
Many people who enjoy their work are often reluctant to retire because they think they...
The reality for most people approaching retirement is that they will probably be swapping...