This is the last part of our Journey with Liz as she re-enters the workforce, if you'd like to go back and follow her story, read the Life Strategies blogs!
Liz did talk to somebody about working in recreation in aged care and decided that although the pay was quite low ($20-$25 per hour) it was something she could continue to do for as long as she wanted to. She would need to get her First Aid Certificate and after Googling the position found several that outlined the criteria needed to secure a position. There wasn’t a position immediately available in her area so I suggested organising aspects of her eligibility like her First Aid Certificate, going through her CV for ‘touch points’ that could be worked up to be used in securing a position eg Liz was an extremely empathic person, was not fazed about working in aged care and enjoyed the prospect of having to design ‘lifestyle’ programs to suit the elderly. She even thought she would do a course/s to enhance our knowledge and position her eventually for promotion. All of this she added to her CV to leave at some of the local facilities. Liz was on her way!
Of course finding a position when you are over 50 isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need to compromise and think laterally. You can also use this time to explore other avenues which is why networking is always such a clever way to go. After all who knows who you could meet and what offers could come your way? You maybe surprised at being offered a position you’d never thought of while searching and who knows it could be perfect!
Finally think about volunteering in or joining Chambers of Commerce...any business organisation or otherwise where you can demonstrate any relevant skills. You never know who could be paying attention!
Do you have any hints re securing a position or need advice? If so happy to receive any tips you may have or if you need guidance I can be contacted at email@example.com
‘Creating a meaningful future’
A friend contacted me the other day and said that she needed to find work a couple of days a week as her super was meagre to say the least. Although she also had a part pension she needed just a little extra so she could afford the odd ‘luxury’. By ‘luxury’ she was referring to the occasional cup of coffee with a friend. She was also terrified that her rent could be increased at any time. I asked about her background, skills and if she had a resume. She replied that she hadn’t worked for about 7 years, didn’t have a current resume and that her skills were rusty. She also thought that her old job was now obsolete and wondered if she was too old to change course and upskill. I asked her what role she could be interested in pursuing. I had moved into writing, workshops and coaching as I love writing and enjoy the involvement and interaction of the other activities. But where to for my friend?
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Now that you’re retired... or just have more time on your hands... what's next?
Many people, on retiring, often feel at a loose end. While working they felt as though they were ‘organised’. They had routine, a daily schedule and always thought that when they retired, life would just happen for them. Some retire and then spend that retirement catching up on all the hobbies they did part- time but always wanted to do more of like gardening or painting. Some retirees are just not sure what they want to do.
Perhaps they are spoilt for choice or don’t know what’s really ‘their thing’. I knew that feeling really well and fortunately applied a little lateral thinking and started a series of books filled with mini-autobiographies written by people in their 50’s, 60’s and 70+ These people knew happily what they wanted to do or kept on doing something they’ve always done and that may be very inspiring but how does that help you?
I am currently putting together a small group of people who have put their hands up for
a little help in this area. They would like to get together to discuss how to find that purpose, activity or interest now they have more time on their hands.
If this describes you and you would like to know more then please message me, either through FB - JulieAnkersWrites or via email. I look forward to hearing from you.
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A lot of the over 50’s hit a certain point in their lives and are stumped with what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. As one who has experienced this feeling of bewilderment, it’s like the process of peeling an onion...a layer at a time.
We all don’t know exactly what we will do after paid employment. Some do and feel as though they’ve been waiting all their lives to focus on gardening, yoga, painting or perhaps writing that book, voluntary work, travelling etc. Some try it and feel underwhelmed, others overwhelmed and the result is that many of us remain in a quandary. What to do next? Where to start? How do I know if I’ll be any good or will be bored again like the last time? How do I discover THAT passion or enthusiasm? And then there are the other third age issues like health, downsizing, unresolved family matters. It’s exhausting to contemplate and often helps to either discuss with others or a confidante.
Often we need a goal but how do we determine what that goal should be?
Seems like an odd question but, for many of us, is it?