I’ve just been reading through some stuff in the local newspaper and the overall issue appeared to be about people over 50 being classed as basically unemployable and ‘past it’. This is in addition to the many PC books & programs e.g. “Laptops for Seniors”, “Ipads for over 50’s” etc ….  Makes my blood boil !!!!!

What a load of patronising, condescending rubbish. People in their 50’s ( I have been in my 50’s for quite a few years now and am a true ‘Silver Surfer’ ) have gone through the 70’s,80’s 90’s & 2000’s gaining immense skills and experience that a lot of younger people will never be able to have or use.

  • How many times have you gone into a shop and wanted just some advice or even some actual professional salesmanship from the ‘expert’ in the shop who can just about string two words together, looking at his / her feet?
  • How many times have you been on the phone to a ‘contact’ centre and the ‘operative’ has no idea what to do, what you are talking about, what your problem is and is just damn useless?
  • How many times in your workplace have you experienced some youngster, so full of ‘new’ ideas, but unfortunately has no common sense and an idea of how to actually implement anything?

I could go on, but have now started to calm down a bit – not good for my blood pressure.

When I look back to my Parents’ generation (and further back), people in their 50’s (and older) really were ‘old’, for instance, my father died at age 58 and I don’t remember him ever wearing, never mind owning, a pair of jeans. He really did dress as an old man.

As I have stated above, people who are now in their 50’s were born in the 1960’s and have gone through all of the technological advances, computers, internet, mobile phones, engineering, health advances, never mind:-

Moon landings, Decimalisation, Three-day-weeks, Powercuts, 70’s Strikes, Punk Rock, Disco, Thatcher, Falklands War, Miners’ Strikes, Berlin Wall coming down, Nelson Mandela, Live Aid, etc… I could go on and on.

So I do not accept this general attitude to people of a certain age being ‘over the hill’ or ready to be ‘put out to pasture’.

Come on people, let’s show ’em !!

Until next time,


    4 replies to "Rant No:1 – People Written Off At 50 – Really !!"

    • Les Boys

      Good one Steve, I couldn’t agree with you more, I am 65 shortly.

      I changed my profession when I was 59, it was hard as no-one wanted to give an old guy a chance, even though I have a lifetime of experience, no real ailments, what is called an “old fashioned” work ethic & have a brain between my ears!

      We don’t have a lot going for us do we:)
      Take care

    • stevewilliamsonline

      Hey Les,
      Yes, a ‘lifetime of experience’ really does come in handy – wish I knew what I know now some 30+ years ago !
      All the best,

    • Anthony McAvaney

      I just love this subject Steve and it’s something that I’m passionate about too. Since around the year 2000 I’ve done a lot of outplacement coaching – which basically means that I coach people who have been working in positions that were made redundant in how to find another job.

      I’ve witnessed on countless occasions that for people in the late 40s onwards this age discrimination barrier starts to emerge, and many people do find it really difficult to find someone who can give them a job.

      This has led me to become very cynical about the traditional career path model – that is get an education, work 40 hours a week for 40 years and then try and live off about 40% of your last salary. These days there is very little employer loyalty, and my personal belief is that the only financial security is that which you create for yourself.

      This is why I’ve turned to learning how to set up and operate an online business. As you know it’s never been easier to do, thanks to the internet and digital technologies.

      What I’ve discovered in all my years of outplacement coaching is that most people aren’t motivated to develop an income that isn’t reliant on having a boss until they experience the shock of losing their job. And…in this age of artificial intelligence, robotics etc many people are going to be out of jobs, and will be left with no career path because it has been replaced by automation.

      There’s that old saying “Dig the well before you get thirsty!” Get started on building your own financial security through your own online busines.

      Sorry for my rant, best wishes to you in your business 🙂

      • stevewilliamsonline

        Hi Anth,

        Many thanks for your comments. Your comment on ‘traditional’ career paths is all too true, I have two grandkids who will not be able to follow the traditional path and it will be interesting as to what their career paths will be.

        All the best,


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