The article made an excellent point about ensuring that the obvious retraining that may need to occur needs to be specifically geared for people with loads of varied experience and the need to transfer and adapt these existing skills. Let’s not see this as education but as building capacity for areas that we may lack recent experience such as using social media or IT.
The real barrier is still the stereotypes by some younger employers of older workers and the view that they are a lost cause- too expensive to retrain and too time consuming to manage.
But we counter these stereotypes with endless stories of high achievers in their mid life. Whatever you think about their food, “Colonel Sanders didn’t start the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise empire until he was 65 and Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald’s at 52”.
There’s a growing view that it’s actually easier to start a new career in your midlife because of the accumulated wisdom, skillsets and maturity you have developed by then.
I’ve interviewed many successful men and women who have succeeded in redefining themselves and their careers in midlife.
There’s stories are at http://www.careerredesign.com.au/case-studies.html
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