Women struggle more than men with life after retirement according to an article in the Daily Mail. Women are more likely to worry about lack of income and social life and 80% feel they have no purpose in life after quitting work.
An 88 year old employee of the supermarket chain Asda is quoted this week as saying that she returned to work after retiring “so that she had something with purpose to do”. I think that this is incredible and it just goes to show that no matter what your age, it is never too late to find purpose in your life.
Marissa Mayer the CEO for Yahoo recently defended her to decision to ban home working for Yahoo employees. Her justification is that while people are more productive when they’re alone, they are more collaborative and innovative when they’re together.
Making a career change in their forties can be daunting, frightening, and even stressful for some women. Some women lack the confidence to make such a move because of their fears. With the current level of job cuts, many women are being forced to make career changes where they probably previously would not have.
Below are 5 common fears that women in their forties face when making a career change and ways in which these fears can be overcome.
In November 2011 the Office for Budget Responsibility predicted that there will be 710,000 public sector redundancies by 2017.
In February of this year, the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicted this to be over 1 million which is 300,000 more than originally predicted by the Office for Budget Responsibility.
The public sector that was once considered a secure place to work has seen considerable cuts resulting in significant numbers of job losses over recent times…
Low, unhappy, no energy, bored, restless, unfulfilled… These are just some of the words that some of my clients describe themselves when they come to me for coaching.
Have you ever found yourself pondering over what to do about a situation, taken advice from others around you, only to find that you are then even more fearful of making that change?
Quite often, other people may think they have your best interest at heart but they are actually projecting their fears on to you. This can then make you doubt whether you should make that change.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but calling names won’t hurt me…
Despite singing the words of that old adage as a child, many women still get to their forties and let the hurtful words of others affect the way they feel about themselves.
As the dulcet tones of Auld Langs Syne came to an end and the last clinks of the champagne glasses ceased, it suddenly dawned on me that there is only 3 more New Year’s Eve celebrations before I am 50 years old…
There are many women in their forties who are unhappy at work but for one reason or another are not in a position to do anything about it. This could be because they have young children, are caring for elderly parents, financial reasons and many more.
So, what is the alternative if you are unhappy at work but are not in a position to change career?