It is estimated that more than one and a half million people over 50 have been forced out of their jobs prematurely since 2005 due to a combination of redundancy, ill health and forced early retirement.
This huge number of older people don’t always want to just mark time waiting for their state pension to kick in and feel they aren’t able to make the contribution they know they can still offer as employees.
Home Instead Senior Care in Fareham is keen to encourage anyone in this group to consider a change in career and consider moving into the caring profession.
John James, Managing Director of Home Instead Fareham and Gosport, said:
"We already have around 50% of our team represented by the over 50’s. We have recognised that older people bring some key skills to the workplace; experience, reliability and flexibility.
Especially important to us in providing support for older people at home are the life skills of the over 50’s. They have almost certainly brought up a family and many have supported older relatives in a variety of ways and these caring skills are key to us when we talk to people who are interested in working in our team".
Very often the over 50’s undervalue the importance of life skills and think that changing career means qualifications. For us life experience and personal qualities are more important than qualifications because we offer training, mentoring and day to day support to help people to do their job.
We do encourage people to gain professional qualifications but they really aren’t necessary or a bar to a change in career.”
If you are over 50 and are thinking about a new start please call Helene at Home Instead in Fareham on 01329 282 469 for an informal chat. It may be the start of a new career.