Have you experienced this in your career? 45



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The terms “past it” and “use by date” are things that we use when something gets too old for its intended purpose. If we think about our careers, we might think that ages like 80 and up would be the ages when working becomes difficult and our skill set may decline. However research out of the UK has revealed some shocking statistics on the way women are being treated and just how early our “use by date” is.

The UK Government interviewed a series of executives, employees and bosses and found that at 45, women are being seen as too old and are often not considered for roles as they are deemed to not have current, up-to-date knowledge or the correct skill set. The employment use by date for men is a decade later at 55.

According to the Daily Mail, the research found that there is a perception that men and women who are older would be more difficult to learn, so firms won’t invest in training them and without a true understanding of the individual, they are perceived to be less technology savvy and have aged education.

So today we want to know, is this experience really what you’ve been through? At what age did you start to feel society placed a use by date on you and your career? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

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  1. Ever tried to get a job in ya fifties or sixties I was 48 when my husband left me I went to get an education went for interviews got told I was passed my used by date

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  2. Employers don’t want people in their 50’s & 60’s. If you put your date of birth on your resume, you don’t get interviews, if you don’t and you get an interview, that is as far as you get. If you are in a position, you are not offered the opportunity of advancement either.

  3. I had fabulous jobs up to age fifty-five. Since then, I would settle for any job, fabulous or not!

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  4. I was lucky enough to move into a support role in schools out if the classroom as I reached an age where I knew it was a job for someone younger and the support role valued experience so I was able to stay many more years without discrimination and was able to make the choice to leave when I was ready. I consider myself very lucky.

  5. Worked in various positions until 64 but then they needed people with “resilience”. Oh well look out aged pension here I come

  6. I had no trouble changing my work place at 56 & we are still employing people over 50 here as well as younger ones, you just need to keep your skills up todate.

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    • That is very dismissive and smug, Lyn. You have many people on here saying this has been their experience. Do you think they are all using golfball typewriters, triple column cashbooks and adding machines? Where is the evidence that older people are lacking in current skills? There is clearly a huge body of anecdotal and research evidence that ageism is very much alive and kicking!

  7. At 45 I put my age back 5 years to get a job, moved from Northern Territory to WA some years later and put it back 8 years, I didn’t reach fifty in my working life though I was actually approaching 59.

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