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Jobs and Careers for Over 40s

Category: Miscellaneous, Discrimination, Employer, attitude, contribute, desire, workplace attitude

Jobs and Careers for Over 40s

Would it surprise you to know that it is no longer uncommon for workers in the UK to be looking for jobs well into their 40s? In our modern world, opportunity abounds for all those willing to seek it. Sure, we aren’t quite living in the promised utopia yet, but certainly your age should no longer preclude you from pursuing particular jobs. Between redundancy and significant life changes, more and more people are looking to start over with new careers during middle age. At VERCIDA, we celebrate this. We understand this is no longer a world in which workers are guaranteed to find a job in their 20s that will take them through their entire working careers. That's just not reality.

You might be looking for a new job because of:

  • Redundancy
  • Change in marital status
  • Change in your health
  • A move to another part of the country
  • A desire to do something different

Regardless of why you are looking for a new job, you deserve the opportunity to present yourself to various employers without regard to your age. Only those employers willing to look beyond your age can truly call themselves inclusive.

But how are you to know an inclusive employer from one who discriminates based on age? Searching through the VERCIDA database is one way, we only work with businesses whose credentials are already established.

What you can contribute

We want you to know that you have plenty to contribute as an over 40 worker. You are still young enough to keep up with a fast-paced working environment while at the same time having an attitude tempered by 20 years of work experience. You know how to work hard, give a job your best effort, and work with other team members. And of course, you have years of experience in your previous field. You have a lot to offer.

A lot of the time, we find that people don’t realise they possess some of their most valuable and easily marketed talents. From a young age, many of us are pushed towards particular career paths and it is not until adulthood that we really get to decide for ourselves. By the time you have reached 40, you will have accumulated a great deal of knowledge and skills. You might not think of these as being valuable to employers, but often they are!

Types of jobs available

There is no limit to the types of jobs available to those over 40. However, keep in mind that your skills, experience and training do play a big part in what you are eligible for in the modern job market. If you are willing to go back to school or earn certifications, there will be even more open opportunities.

VERCIDA can help you find opportunities in:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail sales
  • Hospitality
  • Home services
  • Computers and technology

Two of the most wide-open opportunities for over 40s include registered nursing and computer technology. Both sectors are currently undergoing a shortage of workers; both are also open to over 40s because people in your age bracket bring a certain level of maturity and understanding to the job market.

Registered nursing does require some education. Nevertheless, if you were willing to go to college for 2-4 years, you would have no trouble finding work once you graduate. Jobs in the computer technology field require either a university education or certification for specific hardware and software tasks. In fact, there are now a plethora of options for anyone who wants to study for a particular degree or qualification. There are now many reputable online educational programs as well as traditional classes.

If you are looking for some suitable job ideas for 40 year olds, think about what your main passions, hobbies, and interests are. It is significantly easier to hold down a job when it is something that you are truly interested in and which speaks to you on an intuitive level.

When you are young, 40 seems a very long way in the future. However, when you actually start approaching that age, you come to realise that in fact 40 is not so old at all. There plenty of careers to start in your 40s which will give you many years of fulfilling work. In fact, some of the best jobs for 40 year olds are those that lead to, not just a temporary job, but a decades long career. It is perfectly feasible in the modern world for men and women to begin a career in their forties and carry it on until retirement.

Here at VERCIDA, we can help to put you in contact with employers who are truly inclusive, and who have a proven track record of treating their older employees with a level of dignity and respect that is sadly lacking from many workplaces. If you have just turned 40, or your 40th birthday is looming on the horizon, and you are feeling like you could do with a change of direction in your life. Let VERCIDA connect you with the perfect employer for your individual skills and talents.

The best careers to start at 40 are those which you can see yourself working in for the long term. We understand that when you are considering starting a career later in life, it is natural to be anxious about whether it will work out or not, even more so than usual. Whether you want to start a new job in your forties, or you’re looking for ideas for new careers at 45, VERCIDA will help you to find the employer best suited to you and your desires.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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