Jobseekers may often be imagined as younger people, many of whom have perhaps only just left their education behind them. However, there is an older generation of out-of-work people that mustn’t be forgotten. People over 50 who have previously left work for whatever reason are finding it harder than ever to get back onto a career path later in life. If this situation sounds familiar, there are a few key areas you can focus on.
A key issue for jobseekers of all ages, this is particularly prevalent among older adults who might have delayed their return to work or simply feel a little “rusty” when it comes to serious employment. Taking up hobbies and actively working on other projects before going back to work can really help build up confidence again.
Of course, qualifications matter just as much for most jobs whether you’re 18 or 60. Older people who specialised in fast-moving industries earlier in life may find their qualifications are out of date, or they may potentially need to learn a whole new area in order to succeed. Specialised courses for older adults can be a great help with this situation. (more…)