Seven jobs you don’t need a degree for! 136



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With increasing pressure on over 60s to stay in the workforce, we’re on the search for jobs more than ever. And, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find stable, reliable jobs with enough income when you don’t have a current tertiary degree.

But, even though we may feel our options are limited, there are jobs available that can continue to support us… And we don’t need a framed piece of paper to land them. With the right interests and attitude, every over 60 has every chance of getting a job in these fields.

1. Librarian

While some librarians have degrees in arts and literature, it isn’t a pre-requisite of the job. A keen interest in books, an understanding of computer software and the right personality is all you need.

2. Personal assistant

If you have strong organizational skills, are proficient in computer systems like basic Microsoft word, excel, powerpoint, email systems and diary management systems, you will be able to fulfill the basic requirements of a personal assistant position. Great interpersonal skills are also important.

3. Medical secretary

Similar to a personal assistant, strong organizational skills are definitely required. Previous experience using medical appointment booking systems is also important and previous history in the health industry can be a bonus.

4. Store assistant

This isn’t a check-out job, but a position as a store assistant in a retail environment. If you’re over 60, consider applying for jobs in stores that are targeted towards your demographic. It is less likely that employers will be seeking younger employees to save money on cheaper wages in these environments.

5. Call center operator

This job definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you have patience and a good phone manner, jobs like this are definitely viable options.

6. Start your own business

Whether it is owning a corner store or using your existing services like craft or handy man skills, you can use them to make money by starting or buying your own business.

7. Debt collector

Working for a debt-collecting agency involves a lot of paperwork and correspondence. Jobs like this require computer skills however once selected for a position like this, you will often be given specific training.

So there are some to get your job search kicked off… What else can you ad to this list? Are you currently employed? What education do you have?

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  1. Most of these require computer skills which many of us have not obtained

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    • But many of us have gained computer skills. I have worked in administration all my working life, I’m 69 and I have them 🙂

  2. My best friend has reached that 65 age and just before she did this new boss Age37 wanted to know what her plans were !!
    As she pays a high rent due to losing her home after a failed business, she naturally told him no plans. Since then he has repeatedly criticised her work, accusing her of not being able to keep up with technology and has employed all young staff around her, to the point where he has written a three page scathing account of her performance. My friend has worked in this job very successfully for 8 years and has had very good salary reviews every year, but now is being forced we think through ageism out of her position. There is or it seems there is no stopping these young go getters, they are ruthless and I wonder would they do this to their Mothers ???

  3. For computer literate people consider offer help/advice/lessons for money to seniors in retirement villages. Check and see if they already have a computer club and if not you may found a greAt job. Lots of older retirement villages don’t provide computer facilities but these days with iPads it isn’t necessary to have anything more than the iPad plus money to pay for a data provider. Not only could you earn money helping individuals to learn about computers but also get older folk To communicate with family and friends, local and o/s, and to use web. Being an older teacher should help to break down barriers. Consider also offering family history research services for a fee as well.

  4. If you are computer literate and love listening to other folks stories consider recording their life story for a reasonable fee. There are lots of apps for iPads/phones which will allow you to do this. Record the stories, download to your computer and burn to a disc and give this to your client. Lots of lists of questions on the web.

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