For some time now the over 50s have been the driving force behind the growth in employment figures in the UK. In fact there are now more than 10 million people over the age of 50 in work, a record high. Similarly, we looked at the growing trend of older workers aged 70 and over in a previous blog. With an aging population and declining birth rate, this is only going to continue increasing, so is it time to completely rethink our attitude to retirement?
Last November, in a meeting with a client, we were discussing potential ideas and directions in which she could develop her career following a period of unemployment. During our meeting I had invited her to volunteer career ideas regardless of how achievable she felt they were at that moment. Hesitantly at first, she began talking about a career interest linked to a past personal experience. It was clear that this mattered to her and also clear that this might have been the only, or one of very few occasions, she had said the words aloud. I listened to her and then offered: 'well let's explore that further'. Almost immediately her eyes lit up and a broad smile broke across her face.
In my last blog, I suggested that the 'new year, new you' ideology might benefit marketers more than it will you and your career. Talking of marketing hype, I'm writing this on 20 January, aka 'Blue Monday' 2020. Usually the third Monday in January, Blue Monday has no science behind it, just a day dreamt up by the marketing department of Sky Travel. Read my recent post on this here.
As we start the New Year, a few moments spent on any social media platform will see you faced with suggestions on self-improvement all with the intention of enabling you to become the person you aspire to be; the person we all aspire to be apparently.
Over the next few weeks I'm focusing on what exactly it is that makes a great employer. It's one of the questions I get asked most and it's a key factor when considering a new employment opportunity. You could ask a hundred people who has been the best employer that they've ever worked for, and I know that there would be a few key characteristics that come up time and time again. We're going to explore a few of these and discuss why they are so important.