Record low unemployment rates mean there is a shortage of qualified, experienced workers. Sometimes that’s a perfect fit for women returning to the workforce.
USA Today published this article by Paul Davidson: More older women are returning to work, rebuilding savings and a professional identity. The story chronicles several women who are playing catchup with retirement savings. Some savings got depleted in multiple financial downturns, other savers are facing rising college tuitions, and of course these women are living longer lives and the nest egg will have to last a lot longer.
Even with the demand at an all time high, many older women are facing barriers to working again.
Yet experts say many women over 50 face formidable obstacles as they re-enter the labor force, including rusty skills, a lack of confidence, employer discrimination and new technologies and social media.
Many women report overt ageism and sexism in interviews and opportunities. Some turn to entrepreneurial efforts as an alternative. Undaunted, some power through and have found inspiration in learning new skills and a fresh network in their new work.
Read the full article: More older women are returning to work, rebuilding savings and a professional identity.
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