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Finding work at 50+

If you are over 50 and find yourself out of work, facing redundancy, wanting to return to work after early retirement or changing jobs, finding your next role may seem daunting.   

Perhaps it’s years since you wrote a CV, or you’re not sure you have the right skills and experience for a different type of role. Whatever your situation, we can help you to get started.   

Consider your options   

It could be that you aren’t able to work full time, perhaps because of caring responsibilities or health conditions. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t work at all.  

Many employers offer flexible working which includes job sharing and part time work so you can still be working and earning in a way that works for you. They may also offer the opportunity to work from home or in a different location. If this is something you are looking to do, please visit the flexible working page.

If you’ve been looking for work for a while, have lost your job recently, or are thinking of changing your career, there is some useful information ranging from developing your skills to flexible working and self-employment on the Help and support for older workers website.  

Take a mid-life MOT 

A mid-life MOT is a great way to help you weigh up your options. Whatever your situation, it’s important to plan for your later life and think about your health, your work and your money.  

Develop your skills  

The Department for Education’s Skills for Life website can help you find new learning opportunities and qualifications to improve your chances of finding work.    

If you are currently claiming out of work benefits, your Work Coach can offer you a range of tailored employment and skills support, as part of 50 PLUS: Choices.  

That might include, if you’re eligible:  

  1. Taking part in a Sector Based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) with extra training and a guaranteed job interview  
  2. Apprenticeships   
  3. Work experience placements  
  4. Extra advice about skills and retraining  

Extra support  

There is also extra help available 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.  

Returning to Work 

If you’ve had time away from work and are thinking of returning, this toolkit from the Government Equalities Office can provide extra support and information on next steps to take.  

Support for carers 

If you are a carer or former carer, you could be eligible for personal support. For example, you may get help with contacting employers, matching your skills to current vacancies, or accessing training that could improve your chances of finding work. Find out more at the Work and Health Programme. 

Menopause and the workplace 

Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing part of the workforce, and many will go through the menopause during their working lives. There is a range of guidance out there for both employers and individuals to help conversations in the workplace. You will also find further useful information from the following organisations:  

NHS: Menopause overview     

Aviva: A guide to the menopause 

ACAS: Menopause at work 

Menopause and Employment report  

Think about voluntary work  

Working into your fifties and sixties and, if you wish, after State Pension age can help support your 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 different kinds of work. Find out what voluntary work is on offer or contact your local volunteer centre.