Does Returning To Work After 50+ Compare With Staying On The Job Almost 70 Years?
January 28, 2022
By Michael Yublosky
Frankly, I started writing about a different subject for today’s blog article. The subject matter was ageism (age discrimination) and how we reveal our age in different ways when looking for work as senior adults 50+.
And how our age often works against us when looking for employment..
And what we might do to counter the effects of age discrimination…
This partially stems from an article I read by an acquaintance of mine. It has been on my back burner for about a month. I think it can wait another week or so.
I read articles about ageism from all over the world. I hear more and more about it. I was discussing it with a new friend who lives in France just this week. I recently discussed it with an 83-year-old attorney who I interviewed for a future article
It seems as if the subject matter is being discussed almost everywhere.
Is it because of the forced retirements and the labor shortage brought on by COVID? Or do the roots of the problem run deeper than that?
I am also in a senior adults discussion group whose members retired early or were forced to retire because of COVID. Now many long to return to the workforce. They are frustrated since they are stifled because of their age, unpreparedness and lack of training.
Recently I was invited to join an international collaborative to end age discrimination. I don’t know what I can contribute to the group or why I was invited to join. Perhaps it is my first-hand knowledge and experience in helping educate older adult workers 50+ in using technology, computers and the internet.
One of the reasons I am getting more interested in the subject of ageism is because it never really affected me. I almost feel privileged when I hear stories from other age peers.
When I was younger I looked older and carried myself as more mature. This helped tremendously in social settings as a teenager when I discovered the opposite sex. Later it helped when I graduated college and went to work.
Now I look younger than I am. My age surprises most who come to know me. I can still work in my chosen field and feel relevant and engaged. I’ve stayed abreast with technology and became enthralled with computers and the internet.
Which brings me to the image above sine I am running out of space and Zave Smith (co-founder of xbound.us) may question my purpose. (Note: I am not paid by the number of words I write.)
Let me introduce you to Mr. Brian Chorley. You probably don’t know Brian. I know I don’t. But I read about him.
The fact that Chorley lives in the United Kingdom doesn’t help any of us to know him better.
But Brian is a really unique individual. He’s one-of-a-kind. He should be an inspiration to all of us who feel, or have felt in the past, as if we were antiques.
(I was actually called a dinosaur at the age of 40 by my sales manager. It was with regard to my way of handling customers and my sales techniques. I am delighted to write that it sure came back to haunt him in several ways within a few years.)
‘Young whippersnappers’ (thanks Gabby Hayes!) tend to remind us of our antiquity whenever they get the chance to do so.
But I digress, back to Brian…
Chorley is 83 years old. He has worked at the same geographical location (not company) for almost 70 years since he was 15. AND he has never taken a sick day in all this time!
His role model is the 95 years young Sir David Attenborough (author, broadcaster, natural historian and younger brother to Lord Richard Attenboroughan, famous actor).
Click here to read Brian’s amazing story.
There is hope for all of us youngsters after all. Just keep the faith and keep on truckin’.
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