In our 2017 wellbeing survey, over half of the people we spoke to agreed that it was harder for older chartered accountants to find work. 15% had been personally affected by ageism, finding it difficult to get a job.
‘I applied for over 1000 jobs, only getting a handful of interviews and making shortlists of 2/3. In every case the job went to a younger person and when I asked for feedback I was consistently told I was over qualified.’
Our research also showed that age discrimination not only affects people’s job security and career wellbeing but also their financial security and emotional wellbeing.
Those who’d experienced ageism at work were more likely to suffer from stress or be signed off from work by their doctor. 52% of people who experienced ageism rated their happiness as between 1-6 out of 10.
Build your personal brand
Developing a strong personal brand will help people to think of you in terms of your skills, behaviours and contribution rather than in terms of age. Think about the advantages your age gives you and make them part of your brand. For example, your experience means you’re not afraid of responsibility and can hit the ground running.
Develop your personal brand and much more with CABA’s free personal and professional development courses, available online or face-to-face.
You’ve built up an extensive network of contacts over the years. Now it’s time to put them to work. Get in touch with old colleagues and past clients who know what you can do and let them know you’re looking for new opportunities.
Nervous about networking? Work one-to-one with a professional career coach and develop the skills and confidence to make the most out of every conversation.
Why not use your skills, contacts and experience to start your own business? Did you know that CABA offers a means tested start-up grant and practical advice to help get new businesses off the ground?
If you’re unemployed or facing redundancy, we can help. Work one-to-one with a professional career coach online, over the phone, or face-to-face and find your way back to work. CABA’s career coaching support is available free of charge to all past and present ICAEW members, ICAEW staff members, their husbands, wives, life partners or dependent children up to the age of 25.