Over 50’s career change group

Over 50’s career change group

Finding work over a certain age can often come with its specific challenges. The purpose of this over 50’s Meetup group is to give you the advice, guidance and moral support that you might need to enable you to move on to your next job – whatever it may be.

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Career guidance and counselling can be a really great move if you’ve recently lost your job or are about to face redundancy. It’s possible that the reason why you want to join this is over 50’s group is that you no longer find fulfilment in your present career, and need help finding a new career path, how to career change. Maybe you feel trapped and have experienced age discrimination, or you need to find creative solutions to make up for a lack of relevant skills and experience.

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Meetup - Stepping into your career vision

This is an exclusive group that is aimed at the over 50’s who need a career change, the services of a professional career counsellor, leading to new job opportunities as soon as possible. The Meetup group will focus on employment challenges that are unique to the over 50’s age group.

Unlike most Meetup groups I am limiting membership to just six people, which will ensure that:

  • Each member doesn’t have to compete against large numbers to have their voice and needs heard
  • Each person has the opportunity to receive quality individual and in-depth feedback
  • A sense of closeness, mutual support and encouragement develops between group members
  • An environment of trust and confidentiality characterises the group

Career Change topics that we will cover

These are just some of the topics, (full details further down the page) that we’ll cover:

  1. Career exploration
  2. Marketing yourself to an employer
  3. Job search strategies
  4. Gaining an understanding of the labour market.
  5. Overcoming “insurmountable” barriers to work
  6. Job interview techniques
  7. New topics can be added

The value of a purpose-led community

One of the reasons that birds of a feather flock together is that people often value being part of a group where there is a mutual bond, a shared journey, experience and goal. Being part of this over 50s Meetup group you will have a chance to talk about how to find a new career, how to change careers and discover different career choices. Importantly, you will find solutions for the challenges surrounding switching careers at 50.

Don’t forget that in a group of six 50-something year olds there is a combined experience of at least 300 years. Someone said: “Knowledge tells you what to do, experience tells you how to do it”. I think this is true.

A community of people travelling on a similar life journey.

Someone also said “Failure is not falling down, it is not getting up again”. One of the most dangerous things that most of us face is the battle that goes on inside our minds: isolation, discouragement and plunging low self-esteem. An excellent defense against such attack is to surround yourself with a community of supportive, encouraging individuals who will cheer you on and pick you up when you need it. This over 50’s return to work Meetup group would give you that.

Topics that we would cover – in detail

Our Meetup group would cover a range of topics covering all aspects of career planning advice and we would progress on to the next subject at a speed that suits the whole group. However, I would ensure that group as a whole experiences a sense of progressing at a “healthy” speed through a range of return to work, career-related topics, which are not limited to the following:

  1. Career exploration. As part of a small, tight group, I will help you to explore yourself, in terms of your skills (working out which are transferable), character strengths, personality, motivations and a few other factors and see which list of career choices offer you a good match.
    This topic is massive and in order that we do the subject justice, career exploration will be focus over a number of weeks
  2. Marketing yourself to an employer. Again, this is a massive subject, which will take a number of weeks to look at in detail. The sort of job advice that we could look at could include:
    •  CV development
    •  Creating a persuasive cover letter
    •  Completing job applications and writing a personal statement
    •  Developing your social media profile that will drive interest in your direction (including LinkedIn)
    •  Video blogging
  3. Job search strategies. This will involve job hunting advice that will get you in front of an employer as soon as possible. Looking for a job on your own is one of the hardest things to persevere at. One of the many benefits of being part of this best career changes at 50 group is that you will receive loads of job search advice, career planning resources, plus encouragement, and gain exposure to networks, collective experience and knowledge from members of the group, which should never be underestimated.
  4. Gaining an understanding of the labour market. Tailored to the needs of this over 50’s group, we shall examine what the demand is like for certain professions, job entry requirements, location of jobs and other labour market info’ factors.
  5. Overcoming “insurmountable” barriers to work. Each of us face different challenges, some of which may include an inability to obtain employer references, physical or mental illness, lack of qualifications and finance or other personal circumstances. Whilst there is rarely a magic bullet, solutions can still be found when many brains work together on how to make a career change at 50 plus.
  6. Job interview techniques. Many of us may be more-than-slightly-rusty at the dreaded-job interview. You will have the opportunity to “enjoy” role-play job interview practice and receive peer and coach feedback on your responses during mock interview practice.
  7. Other return to work topics can be added when need arises

How often we would meet

We would aim to meet approx. every 2 weeks, either during the day or evening.

Communication

Over and above to us actually meeting up in a single location (normally Croydon), we can communicate and share information via a closed Facebook group, which I shall administer.

Membership and attendance fees?

The membership fee for joining the 50’s return to work group = £30

There are two cost options for each Meetup:

  • £14.99 without material
  • £19.99 with material (e-material available from a dropbox)

There would also be an additional cost (which is optional but recommended) of 2 x £40 for completing:

  1. A work personality report
  2. Skills Motivational report

Duration of Meetup session

Each Meetup would last approx. 1½ – 2 hours

To join the Meetup group: Over 50’s Career Change group, click here