There Is No Fear in the Over-50 Crowd

CrowdIt used to be, say at least a few generations ago, that many people went to work in the UK at a company when they finished their apprenticeship or graduated from a prestigious university. They expected to spend the rest of their life at the firm, hopefully being promoted along the way, but basically doing the same thing that they had originally been trained to do. But times have changed, and people have changed with them. Today, partly due to better health and partly due to the changing nature of our economy, many people over 50 are beginning to re-enter the workforce with a completely new set of skill sets and a new attitude about what the future holds for them. All of a sudden, being over 50 can be cool.

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
Granted, that may have been a cheap trick, no pun intended. And let’s face it, I’m an old dog myself. But what I have discovered, like so many of my generation, is that we are perfectly capable of reinventing ourselves if we so desire. Everyone’s situation is different. Some people took forced retirement during the last recession, only to find themselves completely unfulfilled by watching television most of the day (I can’t really blame them). In other cases, the economic reality is that people still need to work past their 50s due to the pressing economic conditions in which we find ourselves. But still in other cases, it can actually be a case of pursuing a lifetime passion, something that was left behind when the person entered the workforce and went down a path that perhaps their parents had imposed. Now, they have a chance to do what they really love and spend their last few decades of useful employment absolutely fulfilled.

Some Disturbing Statistics
There is no doubt that the baby-boom generation is quickly greying. As a result, there are a large number of people in this age group who are looking for meaningful jobs in the UK. Currently, over 400,000 people in this age bracket are unemployed, and almost half of them have not been able to find a job in over a year. The trend is not going away any time soon. It is estimated that by 2020, over a third of the UK’s workforce will be over 50. With that in mind, many of our older citizens are taking apprenticeships in a wide variety of areas with the intention of being able to re-enter the workforce from a new direction, hopefully earning a meaningful living in the process. All of this increased activity spells opportunity for recruitment agencies. Many who work in this field have thought about setting off on their own and Startupsimply recruitment business. Surprisingly, it is quite easy to do if you take the advice and counsel of experts who can make the whole process amazingly simple and effective.

Speaking From Experience
It is said that experience is a wise teacher. I can certainly relate to this, as I spent almost three decades in an industry which I really didn’t particularly enjoy (commercial real estate, if you must know), seizing on the opportunity because I thought it would lead to riches. While it certainly wasn’t unprofitable, I felt completely unfulfilled. As a result, a few years ago, I made a dramatic U-turn and got involved in things which I really enjoy doing. I’m far more fulfilled now and look forward to working every day. Hopefully, the rest of my generation can have the same positive experience.

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