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Changing career at 58

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by ikon66, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. ikon66

    ikon66 Occasional commenter

    bit of a long shot given the economic climate.

    58 next year but will only have 20 years in job and too young outlook to retire and don't want to live a poverty life.

    Looked at moving to admin type post

    Anyone had any success ?

  2. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    Hi. I am just a year older and feel much the same. I want to finish my demanding, full time role but can't imagine not working at all. I would like something for a couple of days a week but not supply teaching. I had my fill of that 25 years ago! Something to make up for the change in state pension age which will leave me short of about £6k per year would be good.
  3. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I left teaching and secured a new career in my late 40s. At 58 I was successful at interview for another role in a different company that I went part time to do but gave up after three months to return fill time to where I work. At 59 this year I was successful at interview for a move to a different part of the company.
  4. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    I left teaching at 59 and am happily working for a charity (can't afford to properly retire)
    ilovesooty likes this.
  5. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I work for a charity too.

    I think the third sector is the way to go.
  6. corneronrye

    corneronrye New commenter

    I am currently teaching, have gone part time, job sharing as a class teacher, but I think it's time to call it a day. I love working but I've had enough the stress and pressure that goes with teaching these days. I'm a 52 year old female. Is there really any hope of getting another job?
  7. Jeannine34

    Jeannine34 New commenter

    I left teaching aged 56 and for nearly three years have been working part time as a postie. Not everyone's cup of tea, but plenty of exercise and fresh air!
  8. TalentEd_edu

    TalentEd_edu New commenter

    I work for a small education charity, Talent-ed Education which brings together bright students from low income backgrounds and retired teachers in small groups. It's a great way to contribute a couple of hours a week to staying involved in education and supporting those students who would not ever be able to afford private tuition. We work in London, Kent and East Sussex so do have a look if you are interested.
  9. ikon66

    ikon66 Occasional commenter

    Maybe I could go full circle. My first job at 16 was telegram bike rider. Then a postie at age of 18
  10. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Well, at the age of 60, I was offered a job with a major retailer.
    Decided to decline because my shift was a 6am start!!
    For £6.73 an hour! No, thank you.
  11. gooddays

    gooddays Senior commenter

    I had thought this might be something for me to do but the Canadian postal service is shrinking drastically, so I don't think it would be possible anymore.

  12. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    At least you were offered some pay. The very few offers of 'employment' I have had expected me to give my services for free.
  13. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    There is no reason why it's impossible to secure employment in your late 50s but it's very dependent on what you apply for.
  14. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I have just turned 60 and I've been looking for a means of supplementing my pension for three years, with little success. I have applied for just about anything and everything I could possibly do. Much to my annoyance, many times I have been met with an attitude among potential employers, that makes them assume that, as I am in receipt of a pension, I will 'not be seeking a salary' and that I am 'looking for an opportunity to put something back'. It makes me see red!
  15. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Oh yeah, that pyramid selling lark isn't it?
  16. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I think we have heard from 'Naggin the Nag before!!!!!
  17. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Why are you telling potential employers you're in receipt of a pension?
  18. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I don't. Employers assume that this is so. I suppose they approach people like me, or call me to interview, in the hope of getting a skilled professional very cheaply, or for free.
  19. annsue

    annsue New commenter

    Yes, it annoys me so much. Schools recruit volunteers and have them working (unofficially) as classroom assistants. Volunteers( usually early retirees) in all sectors these days - institutions can't run without them now.
    This "phenomena" is not just in teaching - my sound engineer graduate son has spent 3 yrs since graduating doing "no or low pay" jobs for various production companies who feel he should be grateful for the experience. He returned to uni as a mature student to follow a passion and turn his life around.
  20. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I'm glad you aren't telling them!
    I think you've been very unlucky. I'm only a little younger than you and my experience has been that I've been considered for employment on a level playing field. I've never been expected to work for free, and my age has never been a factor. I do chair a charity for free but I chose to do that.

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