Women in their fifties are returning to work in a climate that is desperate for talent – but the market has changed and these days, women want more than just a job. Here are 10 career ideas for women in their fifties that are definitely worth considering:
- Freelance writing or editing: Many companies and publications need writers and editors for various content, including articles, blog posts, marketing materials, and social media posts.
- Consulting: With many years of experience in a particular field before taking a career break, women in their fifties can bring valuable expertise and advice as external consultants in their previous fields.
- Teaching or training: Women who have a passion for teaching and mentoring can consider becoming teachers or trainers in their field of expertise – but if you don’t have expertise, it’s not too late to retrain for an education career – or to rejoin work as a teaching assistant. Schools are crying out for them.
- Healthcare: With a growing ageing population, there is a high demand for healthcare professionals in many fields, such as nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. If you don’t want to retrain, consider working as a healthcare assistant or even as an operating theatre assistant which can offer a good starting point and an interesting job.
- Non-profit work: Many non-profit organizations need both experienced professionals and volunteers to lead and manage their programs and operations. The third sector welcomes mature applicants.
- Real estate and property: Women who have an interest in real estate can build a property portfolio, or retrain to work within the industry.
- Entrepreneurship: It’s never too late to put your ideas out there! If you’ve always wanted to start your own business, go for it. You’ll find lots of Government Schemes, advice agencies and local business networks, all of whom will help you get started.
- Human resources: Women in their fifties often make great HR professionals, helping organizations manage their workforce and support their employees. CIPD qualifications are a great starting point.
- Event planning: Women with organizational skills and a love for planning and coordination can become event planners or coordinators.
- Social media management: Social media isn’t all about the kids – social media and marketing offers great careers for women of all ages, with lots of companies needing a mature pair of hands that understands their audience and can reach out to experienced buyers, managing reputations and building relationships online.
This list is by no means exhaustive and as employers are increasingly moving towards a multi-generational workforce, there is no limit to the career choices available. We hope these career ideas for women over fifty are a good starting point.