With the UK economy changing faster than ever, knowing which next step is the right one can seem impossible to figure out. Find out what’s right for you in this dedicated guide.
Seek established sources of support
As with all of us, sometimes we need a little extra support and guidance. With older workers facing a range of issues in today’s changing environment, we wanted to collate all the best sources of support for you. That way you know where to find all the help you need
Sometimes you just need some advice and someone to talk to. Age UK is a national charity who are dedicated to supporting older people across the UK. They have helped tens of thousands of older people already, and would love to assist you in any way they can.
Not only will they talk to you about any general issues you might be having, but they can give you independent advice about your work situation. One part of their service is helping older workers to find employment in a market that is difficult to navigate.
Furthermore, they can help explain any options regarding training in new technology, computers and the internet. If you were to demonstrate to employers an openness and proactive approach towards new technology, computers and the internet, their outlook on your benefits to the company increase dramatically.
Business in the Community, otherwise known as BITC, encourages employers to take on or train older workers. You can contact them to find out what employers are looking for in their older workers so you can make sure to get your job applications and CV spot on.
If you ever face any form of workplace discrimination, including ageism, that you can’t resolve inhouse, your first port of call should be Acas. They will help you navigate the complicated legal systems required to make complaints through a third party about your employer.
Should you find yourself in the position of being unemployed but wanting to continue work, you should head over to your local Jobcentre plus. The Jobcentre will have a long list of available opportunities in your area, as well as knowing which employers are inclusive and will suit your skills and experience.
If you are considering self-employment
An increasingly common option for many older workers is to take on self-employment. Given your years in experience, many have been successful in carving out their own fortunes.
If you are receiving certain benefits, you may be eligible for the government’s New Enterprise Allowance, which can help mentor you to help you grow your own business.
For advice and support on becoming an entrepreneur, UnLtd have a track record of helping thousands of over 50s. As such, they will be a good source of support if becoming self-employed is something you are looking to achieve.
Understanding pensions and retirement can be confusing. This is made more stressful when you have to discuss your plans with your employer.
The government has alleviated some of this pressure by removing the mandatory retirement age, but you may still need some advice.
In this case, you should discuss your pension options with the Pensions Advisory Service and retirement options with Age UK.