A report from the United States suggests that older workers (retirees) are making a comeback. Larger companies are beginning to look for experienced workers who want to return to work. Valuable experience and skills are available for less salary than current job holders.
Opinion is divided. Companies should be looking for character and training skills, which is where older workers might win out. But older workers are still seen as a threat due to years of experience, offering honest advice that nobody wants to hear.
In Australia, there is a Human Rights and Age Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Kay Petersen. What is she achieving to help older people to be employed? Check out this link to see https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/age-discrimination
Terms used to classify groups of people are slow to change. Media is the key to changes. When we determine our choice of category we need to use it more so it catches on. What is your choice? Senior or Super Adult?
During the twentieth century retirees were often described as old and looking for the quiet life. Come the twenty first century changes appeared. Retirees leaving full time employment were focused on living busy active lives for as long as possible. These retirees wanted to be taken seriously and treated with respect.
A new category emerged in England – Super Adults and has now spread to America. It doesn’t appear to be commonly used in Australia. Retirees are still categorised as “seniors”.
Those claiming the new category of Super Adult believe it sounds a lot more dynamic and full of opportunities. Super Adults have during their lives, undergone huge changes, experienced ups and downs and learnt much from both good and bad experiences. They have gained wisdom in their ageing. Having traded youth and beauty for experience and wisdom they see their achievements as worthy of respect.
I suspect that many Seniors lay claim to similar experiences as the Super Adult. Which category is most likely to impact society? What attitudes might be changed?
Pathways to new careers are created through participation in the volunteer experience. Helping others and gaining new experiences helps develop new skills that might be a gateway to the workforce.
Skill strengthening should appear on your resume. Personal development, self-fulfilment, confidence and esteem will be improved through the participation in volunteering.
Communication skills and the ability to work with others, a willingness to take directions and take a lead will be added to your resume.
Your dedication, time management, prioritization, honesty and hard work will shine through. Meeting new people and creating new connections are part of your commitment to making a difference through volunteering.
Volunteering has a positive effect on the community and the lives of individuals, but it may also help you make a difference in your life. Employers share the notion that volunteering engenders additions to your skill set.
Opportunities to test out a new career path may be available in the volunteering experience through accredited training options.
Check some of the volunteering sites before you set out and be sure to check the Rights & Responsibilities for the volunteer.
Fortunately there are some encouraging stories about how people have overcome this hurdle in most creative ways. Most of us have a rigid definition in mind about what retirement actually means. Perhaps we need to rethink our options.
A young man chose to “retire” from his career at quite a young age. He became a stay at home Dad, and a serious blogger while his wife went out to work. Many do not accept that he has retired, but he does and has no plans to go back and work for anyone. He is (and his family are) happy with his arrangement.
He can look at his situation and think of it as being unemployed, but that would be a depressing exercise. He is happy with his definitions and choices.
Is retirement a state of mind? What do you think?