I Am A 63 Yr Old Woman Studying For A Bachelor's In Social Work. What Are My Chances Of Getting A Job At My Age?


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Julii Brainard Profile
Julii Brainard answered
Depends what country you live in.

Best bet, wherever you live, is when you apply for jobs, to take off any dates from your cv (resume) that reveal your age. And only put your initials, too, some would argue.

It is true that when you walk in the room and people see your age, they may be put off. But getting an interview is the hard part; at least once you're in the room, you will have a chance to prove that you are up to the job requirements.

In the USA, and supposedly now in the UK, you should not be discriminated against on the basis of age. BUT, in reality, we know such prejudice exists. Moreover, some employers can legally defend their decision not to employ you on the basis of age, on some grounds -- like if they argued that 6 months training was involved for the post and therefore they had to take on people with at least X number of years of future employment, to recoup their investment.

You may therefore want to tackle the issue straight on during the interview. Just say that you know you might want to retire sooner than a younger job candidate, BUT point out that a younger candidate might equally likely leave the job after the same number of years for other reasons, and otherwise talk up your strengths; willingness to work as part of a team, ability to learn new things, etc.

My mom was a SW; When it comes to the practicalities of social work, "life" experience can count for a lot. Good luck.
Christopher Adam Profile
I suppose that the answer to this question depends in part on when you intend to complete your degree in social work. If you can finish before you are 65 years of age, you will have an easier time of finding employment. Nevertheless, it should be stated that despite the fact that many companies reject age discrimination--at least on paper--since you will be so close to the age of retirement, some organizations may be reluctant to hire you. This is especially the case if the given company is interested in hiring someone for the long-term.

As such, I would recommend that you seek out those jobs that are advertised as short-term contracts, usually lasting for one or two years. In many cases, companies will look to fill a position for a shorter period of time. This type of work may be ideal for you and depending on what type of social work you are interested in, you could begin your employment search with schools, orphanages, retirement homes or charitable organizations. Another really positive development for you is that due to an aging population, the traditional age of retirement appears to be rising, so more people remain in the workforce beyond 65 years of age.
Lee Profile
Lee answered
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