40+ The Forgotten Generation

The forgotten generation

forgotten 40 1There is nothing like being 40+ and jobless. I’m not saying that that it’s worse than… or better than… I was 40+ and jobless and forgotten, and had nothing to compare that feeling to.

You are at an age where you are twenty years past graduation and twenty years from retirement. You’re too old to be considered for most positions as you queue up behind twenty-something year olds for a position you have fifteen years worth of experience in, only to be told in the interview that “we do feel that you may be overqualified for this position…”, in other words “we won’t take you on, incase you continue looking for work elsewhere and then get up and leave.”

You have a proven track record

forgotten 40 2Your recent work history has you stable, reliable and trustworthy. Redundancy has only one preference, last in first out. Prospective employers see you as set in your ways and therefore an apparent flight risk, and all you really want to do is work. On the flip-side, technology may have passed you by and left you in the dark ages. Employers may find that taking on the risk of employing someone who can’t embrace today’s technology is a gamble too far. Not that we at 40+ can’t, we just simply won’t be given the opportunity.

Of course this doesn’t apply to everyone. As with most of my posts, if the shoe fits, walk with me, talk with me. If it does apply to you, let’s find way to remind employers who have forgotten us. The wealth of work and life experience we have to offer is quite literally priceless, yet we come offering ourselves to you at bottom dollar. That slightly more mature presence in the workplace is not a bad thing and should not be seen as a threat or a hinderance to your business.

How do we turn this around?

Is diversity in the workplace only limited to ethnicity?

Is the only way for employers prove that age discrimination is not rife in the workplace, to employ staff much close to retirement?

Forty Plus and not ready to be written off. There is so much more to do and to learn. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so live it, and live it well...

5 thoughts on “40+ The Forgotten Generation”

  1. Life in your 40’s is a challenge in many ways and work is certainly one of them. Job hunting is tough as you point out. I have also had that experience. Moreover, when you are employed, younger people are aggressively trying to climb the ladder and undermining your position. I never thought of age discrimination being a factor in your 40’s, but you make a good point. ~Gina

  2. How does it happen?

    One minute you’re bopping along getting on with work and life, then all of a sudden your world turns upside down, you’re out of work and too old to boot!

    I mean, you didn’t change. You don’t feel any different. You’ve got a wealth of experience but they’re telling you the job is not for you.

    I can remember at the rich “old age” of 19 being told I was too old for a job!

    Room for improvement in many areas in this world we live in.

    1. Hi Marilyn, Thank you for your response. I think that when employers have “quotas” to fill, they stop looking at you as a person and more like a number. How do you catch the interviewers eye when they won’t even raise their head to look at you? #DismissedAtDateOfBirth

  3. I too am 40+ and often would like to sail away (hence, my email address). I completely understand what you are saying about being in the middle with nowhere to turn…

    That is honestly why I have started working for myself. I may not make a lot (at least in the beginning) but at least I will have plenty to do!

    I wish you the best and am glad that you are “Not Out!”

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