The good, bad and ugly truth about your career after 50

Looking for employment after 50
Greg Goudie
Written by Greg Goudie

If you’re over 50 and out of work, the research suggests it’s a tough road ahead.

– a report by Patrick Wood, ABC News Breakfast

So perhaps it’s not surprising that many older workers shy away from a career change later in their working life.

A combination of age discrimination, lack of opportunities, and the need for a steady pay cheque all conspire to keep people in their current job, even if they don’t particularly like it.

However, a growing team of researchers and career coaches are seeking to change this and provide ideas on how to make the career switch after 50.

The ‘Bad News’

If you lose your job after 50 you are in the hardest age bracket to find a new job, according to new research.

‘So who’s looking into this’

Quite a lot of research is now happening in this area.

In 2015 the Human Rights Commission undertook the first ever national survey into the “prevalence, nature and impact of age discrimination” in the workplace.

Its findings confirmed what many already thought: it’s tough for ageing workers.

‘So what’s the good news’

Mature-age workers can absolutely keep jobs and change careers, according to work coach Joanna Maxwell.

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About the author

Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie is the Executive Director of DOME and following many years in the automotive parts manufacturing sector, has worked with mature age unemployed for the past 15 years.

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