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The Changing Aging Face of the Workforce

The Changing Aging Face of the Workforce

By Susan Williams

When Booming Encore first launched, one of the early posts that was shared concerned some of the challenges that people over 50 may have in finding work.

At that time, ageism was running rampant and anyone over the age of 50 was often considered out of date, redundant and often just “past it”.

Also Read: The Power of Oldness – Fighting Age Discrimination

I am delighted to report that a shift has started to happen.

In an article published in Forbes, they reported that The Shift Commission on Work, Workers and Technology predicts;

“By 2024, his Shift Commission report notes, nearly one-quarter of the workforce is projected to be 55 or older — more than double the share in 1994.”

Now, I’m not suggesting that ageism has been eradicated or that finding work over 50 is no longer a challenge.

But there is definitely some movement underway.

This shift could be due to declining available resources, increased need for experienced workers or because people just need to work longer.

But whatever the reasons, for people over 50 who are wanting to work, it seems that some of the barriers are starting to fall.

Here’s a great video that demonstrates this exact point. An 83 year old engineer went back to work and he’s not the only older person there….

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.