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What can Mature Age Managers do when they’re Sidelined in the Workplace?

What can mature managers do when they’re sidelined in the workplace?

Things are getting tougher for mature age employees, even those in management roles. Many of us enjoy our work and don’t want to retire, or we simply don’t want to survive on the lifestyle our meagre pensions and super payouts will give us.

But more and more, we’re beginning to feel that we’re not appreciated in the workplace. We see younger people come from nowhere and get promoted over us. Some of us even have to report to a person 20 years our junior – and if you do go out and look for another job, you’ll be interviewed by HR managers young enough to be your children.

And getting a new job when you’re over 50 is practically impossible. Employers will favour younger applicants – even those with less experience.

It’s as though all those years of experience now count for nothing – that people who have not been there and made all the mistakes, are not really interested in listening to somebody who has.

But that experience mature workers have, is badly needed in Australian business. Badly needed.

Everything in this world is cyclical – everything, from the weather, to markets, interest rates and the economy. Some cycles take longer than others, but technology has not changed that.

People who have not experienced the different cycles, do not truly understand the impact they can have on business. Just ask any business owner who depended on iron ore mines or mine workers in Western Australia for their business. But to those who have not experienced a down cycle, it can seem like a distant, abstract scenario – something certainly not worth preparing for.

Failure is one of the best teachers in life, for those willing to pick themselves up again. They will have those lessons etched deep into their soul and will never repeat the mistakes that brought them down.

But failure is something many of today’s managers and even leaders have not had the benefit of experiencing. As their responsibilities become greater and their businesses larger, the potential losses from their first failures increase exponentially.

The only way these leaders can minimise the chance of failure is to listen to the advice of the very people they won’t hire as staff, when these people are potentially great business coaches or mentors for younger staff.

Therefore, it will certainly benefit Australian businesses. You could be one of those who take on the important role of transferring knowledge and wisdom to the next generation – and be a crucial component part of workplace engagement – ensuring knowledge capture and transfer.

Not to mention the benefits for so many family firms with a primary role for the outgoing generation. Let go of the reins carefully to the benefit of all – both family and non-family alike.

Also, if you’re a mature age manager, who is frustrated with the limited career opportunities you face, or you’re finding it hard to get employment at all, a career in coaching could open up a whole new world of opportunity for you. I for one, would be interested in meeting you.

But if that is not for and regardless of thinking you are on the outer – ‘too old they say’ – well that’s rubbish.

Success begins with knowing exactly where you want your career to take you and then creating an actionable plan to get you there – to explore your options and decide the most rewarding career path given your experience, skills and passion.

Learn how to overcome common obstacles such as a sluggish economy, highly competitive job market, weak points in your resume and gaps in your experience – not to mention age-discrimination:

  1. Define your career direction
  2. Determining and planning your next move
  3. Establishing, ramping up and sustaining an effective job search
  4. Network your way into the right role
  5. Manage your online profile
  6. Test-drive options or a new position before you commit
  7. Sell your skills and achievements
  8. Negotiate your salary, job responsibilities and details
  9. Once your career plan is set, then network your way forward.

Some people are natural networkers but most have to learn effective techniques for establishing and maintaining professional relationships.

Whether you’ve been in the workforce for decades or are just starting out, learn how to:

  1. Create strong, professional ties by being yourself
  2. Nourish relationships through give and take
  3. Share and spread your ideas
  4. Effectively use social media to manage your professional network
  5. Tap mentors for support and expertise
  6. Reach out and re-establish relationships when you’ve lost touch

No matter how entrenched you are in your current thoughts, it’s never too late to change direction — particularly if you are stuck in a rut.

Get focused and display to those who think otherwise, the knowledge and wisdom you have to offer – a firm, yourself and your family.

“So who said I was dead and buried” – well hold your head up high with oodles of confidence and do something about it with vigour.

Why not look for a career in coaching and mentoring – click here to find out more

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If so – contact us. We can help you apply this to your Business Leadership or Career Planning and Management.