Am I qualified to give job advice to anyone let alone job advice for the older woman? I’m finding that I’m being asked more and more and it’s a concern for many? As someone who is working happily and successfully at 88 years old maybe there is some sense in directing the question my way!
I was born and raised at a time when it was common for many women to give up thoughts of a career when they married (as they were expected to do) and to focus on home making and raising a family. I was happy to do this and it is a worthy occupation to this day, along with the wide range of choices for women to make for themselves that exists currently. From my own experience I’ve always chosen to do things that I both enjoyed and were needed, whether it was training horses in my younger years or taking a job at the local department store when I didn’t know what else to do. This led on quite unexpectedly into the modelling world. I tried an office job once and it wasn’t for me – I need to be more active and it just felt wrong.
Looking back I’ve tended to go with the flow whilst being true to myself – as you never know where a seemingly unlikely opportunity might lead or who you might meet. Once there I give it my all and am as professional, personable and efficient as I can be. What I can contribute and help with is always more important than the money earned, as important as that is.
What job advice for the older woman can I give? I don’t actually think your age makes a difference although your circumstances do change with the chapters in life.
I do believe there is the perfect job for everyone and this can be different jobs or careers at different phases of your life. As a lover of fashion and clothes Department Store Modelling and Dress Making was perfect for me when my children were growing up and doing film extra work as my husband Jim’s health declined. These were things I knew I could do and enjoy and at the same time fitting around my other responsibilities. After Jim died (unbelievably 20 years ago this week) the opportunity to model again came into my life and the rest is history!
My modelling work has been a huge blessing in my life and keeps me busy and feeling useful and appreciated plus I get to wear beautiful clothes, go to amazing locations and meet wonderful people. I was asked recently how much I work and on considering I realise it is a lot but the thing is that it never feels like work as I love it!
My job advice for the older woman is:-
Follow your heart
Be aware of your natural gifts
Consider what you love to do or would like to do – it’s never too late
Be realistic about your current situation/responsibilities and what will suit
Embrace change and do your best
Take on unlikely opportunities and see where they lead
Be brave and courageous
You can do anything that you want – you decide
This is it – it’s not a dress rehearsal
Why retire if what you do brings you joy & satisfaction
Don’t take any notice of existing conventions and norms (when you model at 88 years old you can say that!)
Do please comment below as I’d love to hear if you have any tips or thoughts to add or if this helps in anyway. Maybe you have the perfect job – do let me know.
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