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22 August 2014
Looks like the government will make the
retirement age 70, and I say I was going to work till then anyway.
Lots of my friends are also planning on
working till they are 70. Some of us will do this out of necessity, some of us
because we genuinely want to fill our days with the excitement of an enriching
job. We have been women who for various reasons have spent a lot of our lives
as solo parents, and have worked to support our families. The children have
moved on now, and we want to enjoy our lives.
We now have the opportunity to travel, to
expand our horizons, and to ensure we won’t be living out of a supermarket
trolley and sleeping under a cardboard box. We are well, fit and energetic, we
have heaps of experience, we are computer savvy, and we have no need for child
care, the ideal employee.
But do employers see us that way?
To be honest I would not want a potential
employer to see all of my experience because then they would guess that if I
have 34 years in one industry, I have to be over 50, therefore practically
senile, and if I am over 60, forget it.
Forget the glass ceiling; now we are invisible,
the fact is if employers don’t acknowledge you are there you will go away and
they won’t have to deal with you.
Older women make up a large part of the
work force, we are the ‘baby boomers’ and we are prepared to work. We now need employers
to see us as an asset to their business and not a liability. We don’t wear 6
inch heels, (an advantage when it comes to WHS), and we don’t spend all our
time organizing our social calendar on a Friday afternoon, or have to rush away
at night to collect our little ones from day care. Don’t think I am knocking
anyone who does all three of these things, we have all been there, and that’s why
we have bunions!! But flat comfortable shoes don’t mean we have lost our
ability to think, calculate, plan, or be entrepreneurial, we can, and we just
need employers to acknowledge we are there, we are available and we want to