It’s probably been some time since you last searched for a job. Maybe you’ve retired but decided to go back to work, but it’s not easy.
10% of people of pension age are either looking for a job or are still in employment, official figures show.
But being over 60 does not mean you cannot find a new job or embark on a new career.
In fact, The Telegraph reports that there were over 34,000 individuals over the age of 60 who have begun a new apprenticeship within the last year.
WHAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
The thing to always remember is that you have plenty to contribute, and your age could actually be a positive, not a negative to some employers.
Don’t forget that you have decades of experience and knowledge behind you, and you know what hard work is, so don’t let your age deter you from looking for work.
LOOKING FOR WORK – WHERE DO I START?
If you are ‘internet savvy’, start searching online. Gone are the days when you can look at the ‘situations vacant’ section in your local newspaper – you have to move with the times I’m afraid.
Once you have found something that appeals, you can usually upload your CV to some job sites where potential employers can see it. You will need to set up a personal profile on many of these sites, but most of them won’t charge you for this, and it’s quick and easy to do.
But let’s not fool ourselves – many employers aren’t interested in taking on older workers, so you might find this somewhat frustrating.
The GOOD NEWS is that there are some companies that specialise in finding work for retired people.
www.helpinghandshomecare.co.uk is one such company.
They offer live-in carer jobs where you will be staying with an elderly person in their own homes for a period of 2-6 weeks. As long as you are physically active this could be a great place to start, and the wages are pretty good too!
Alternatively, if you want fewer hours and would prefer to work locally, there are plenty of vacancies for visiting carers. This means that you could enjoy working closer to home and support regular clients.
Visiting carer jobs tend to be far more flexible, so you can generally choose the hours you want to work.
CHANGING CAREERS IN YOUR 60s IS NOT AS UNUSUAL AS IT MAY SEEM
Whether you have retired, simply just want to get back to work again, need some extra cash or even want a career change, there are even opportunities to re-train despite your age.
The websites listed below may prove to be the most helpful to you in your search:
www.taen.org.uk (The Age and Employment Network)