If you are over 50 and find yourself out of work or facing redundancy, it may seem daunting. Perhaps it’s years since you wrote a CV, or you need to think about using your skills and experience in a different type of role. Whatever your situation, here are some helpful tips to get started…
Take a mid-life MOT
If you are considering a change in career or want to understand your finances, the mid-life MOT is available as an online signposting package to help you plan for important changes.
It can act as a useful stock take to encourage better advice about work, finances and health. The work and skills section of the mid-life MOT on the Your Pension website can signpost you to the support you need to return to employment.
Develop your skills
If you’ve been looking for work for a while, have been recently made redundant, or are thinking of changing your career, the gov.uk website has some useful information ranging from developing your skills, flexible working and self-employment.
Think about refreshing your skills or areas you’d like to develop in, The Skills Toolkit website has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses from a range of providers such as Google Digital Garage, Lloyds Bank Academy and Open University.
If you’d like to try something new, it’s worth considering an apprenticeship, these are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Consider your options for new work
If you are currently claiming benefits, then your Work Coach can offer you a range of tailored advice and support, as part 50 PLUS : Choices.
That might include, if you’re eligible:
- Taking part in the Sector Based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) with extra training and a guaranteed job interview
- Hands-on Job Finding Support and help from Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS)
- Extra advice about skills and retraining
There is also extra help available to you if you have a health condition or disability.
If you need financial support whilst looking for a job, find out what benefits you could be entitled to.
Finally, if you’re finding your job search a challenge, the Age UK website offers some excellent resources to help you with problems over discrimination and your rights, along with information to help you find a new job or retrain and tips on improving your tech knowledge.
Think about voluntary work
Working into your fifties and sixties and, if you wish, after State Pension age can help support your financial, health and social well-being into later life.
Voluntary work can be a great way to help you get new skills and build confidence in a different field of work. Find out what voluntary work is on offer on the gov.uk website or contact your local volunteer centre on the NVCO website.