In a refreshing development, employers across the country are eagerly seeking the skills and experience of workers over 50, bringing a new dynamic to the job market. Opportunities are sprouting in industries nationwide, making it an opportune time for those in this age group to find work that fits around their life commitments.
Whether you have retired early, become an empty nester, are looking after dependents, or seeking to explore a new avenue, the current job market could be your chance to find a fulfilling role, increase financial security, and expand your social circle.
As a testament to the changing times, many employers are recognizing the importance of flexible working arrangements and are providing other accommodations to help individuals work in a way that suits them. John Townley, 62, the group head of recruitment for Alcedo Care, a family-run care company operating in the north of England, supports this approach.
“We definitely need older workers. We value life skills,” says Townley. He highlights that individuals from various professional backgrounds can bring in valuable transferable skills, even if they don’t recognize them initially.
Even if you are someone who can only work specific days or times, your application is still welcomed. As Townley says, “Don’t worry, that’s great.”
The message is clear: don’t underestimate the value of the skills you bring to the table. Employers are recognizing skills honed from raising families or in manual jobs like construction as crucial assets. For instance, raising a family indicates strong organization and negotiation skills, while someone from a construction background could offer vital expertise as a health and safety adviser.
Tafi, a Jobcentre team leader from Greater Manchester, facilitates a workshop called “Experience Counts.” It provides insights into the job market and the current opportunities available, even offering a four-week course with a guaranteed interview upon completion.
Tafi shares advice for those looking to venture back into work or seeking a change:
- Utilize resources like the Job Help website for practical advice and career inspiration.
- Consider voluntary work to gain new experiences and explore job suitability.
- Craft a CV specifically tailored to the job you’re applying for.
- Research the industries in your area with job openings.
The Workers Union Says…
“With employers actively seeking the life skills, experience, and flexible approach of over 50s workers, the job market offers a wide array of opportunities for those ready to make a move in their career. We encourage more employers to offer incentives for over 50’s workers willing to get back into work and help communities and the economy”.