Does it make sense for a non-employed worker 5 years away from retirement to prepare for a new occupation knowing that there is:
- no guarantee of a job after training is complete
- no experience in the new occupation to display
- prejudice against older workers
This looks very much like the new graduate’s dilemma: how to get a job that requires you already have the experience when you must have had the job to get the experience? For students there are internships and apprenticeships to cover that “no experience” gap. Midlife job changers are now tapping into internships and experience building programs.
Recruiters do not love dealing with the risk of career changers. After all, a recruiter cannot present a candidate who does not have the skill/experience package the company he represents asks for. Except for the “mavericks” in the field recruiters will be more comfortable with people who have non-messy histories in the same field/job as the potential new position.
- Older workers / Productivity : Average age-productivity profile of individual workers is increasing until age 65 (skillsinfo.wordpress.com)
- ‘Employers are recruiting retired workers and finding that their work is exceptional’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Generational issues ‘important for business insurance holders’ (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- 9 Workplace Benefits That Need Improvement (money.usnews.com)