Or should that be egg and chicken? I’ll let you decide.
So here we are, people are living longer, retirement is becoming more expensive and we are being informed that we will have to have a longer working life, or perhaps semi-retire initially. Having worked in the pensions arena I can fully understand this. So if we are having to work for more years, wouldn’t it be worth trying to do something we enjoy?
Commentators seem to be with me on this, arguing that people will have more than one career in a working lifetime and the times of working for one employer, or having just one career may be coming to a close.
So thumbs up for the theory, but what about practice? I have been in to see a number of employment agencies seeking opportunities and they have each noted that I have considerable skills to bring to the table, but unfortunately lack experience in the sector and without that I have no real chance of being considered. I appreciated their honesty.
I called on some companies and got to speak to some helpful individuals, but ultimately the response was that without industry experience I was very, very unlikely to get a job in the sector. Even if I undertake relevant courses, I will still lack the required experience.
So back to agencies to find out the likelihood of getting temporary or contract work to fill in this gap on my cv. Sorry, but you are way too over-qualified and have held too senior a position for anyone to consider taking you on for such a role, just being honest. So what about stacking shelves in the local supermarket just to get money in while I attend part time courses? Sorry, overqualified. Of course the fact that the country is just getting back off its knees does not help, but in practice the reality on the ground for changing careers does not give grounds for optimism.
Meanwhile a couple of queries have come in for some photographic work. Sometimes you just don’t know which way things will turn. Either way I am not giving up, I am here to enjoy life (and work damn hard too).
Back to the original question – which came first the egg or the chicken?…..