Finding a job at 50+ – Tuesday 11th September

Leaving the services or changing career is always a challenge, but doing it in your 50s or older can make it even more challenging.  Although age discrimination has been illegal since 2006, it can often be difficult for older candidates to convince employers that they have the right skills for the job and will be a good fit for the organisation.

This workshop aims to look at some of the issues faced by older job seekers.    It will cover challenges and blockages, provide a refresher on job search skills, looking at other options such as volunteer roles, re-training and retirement as well as affording time for planning your next steps.

Colin Dick of The Training Consultancy, who will be delivering the workshop for us, is an experienced Career Coach who has worked extensively with clients aged 50+.

We hope you can join us for this event.  Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis and we will then operate a reserve list so please only book a place once you have confirmed your availability on the date.

Date:  Tuesday 11th September

Venue: Small Board Room, New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HQ

Time: 1330 – 1630 (approximately).

There will be a break for tea/coffee during the afternoon.


We would also like to invite you to take part in a discussion group on the morning of 11th September.  Our sister charity, Officers Association (London), supported by the Forces in Mind Trust,  have commissioned research on the experiences of military people aged 50+ who make mid-career transitions into civilian work.  They are looking for participants who have, at some point, had a civilian job since leaving the services.  The discussion will cover a number of areas including:

  • How did you plan for your career move before, during and after being discharged?
  • What career development support did you receive from the armed services, support groups and other organisations?
  • What were some of the biggest challenges you faced in making a career move?
  • How did employers value the skills, knowledge and experience you offered?
  • What advice would you give older military service people who may be following in your footsteps.

The focus group, run by the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce will start at 1130 and conclude by 1230.

As an incentive to attend the morning session, lunch will be available for those attending it.

Please note:  There is some parking available at New Haig House.  There is also metered street parking available in the streets around the building.  If you come by public transport, we are around a 15 minute walk from Waverley Station.  Buses number 8, 23, 27 and 36 all run to within a few minutes’ walk of New Haig House.

Please reply to Tom Denovan stating whether you would like to attend the morning discussion group, the afternoon workshop or both events.

If you have any queries, please contact Tom or Mary-Clare 


Posted on 14th August 2018

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