How able do you feel to achieve your career goals in London?
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Thanks everyone for sharing your views.
Many of you have mentioned age discrimination as a barrier to progressing in your career. What would help you overcome those barriers?
Rugbygirl, I am facing the problem. Age discrimination affects us over age 50's. I was a supermarket manager for 20 years and decided to change jobs and become a waitress. Went to Chinatown and all seven restaurants I applied rejected me. After three weeks the window display is still on looking for staffs urgently. What should we do
i have always thought of a career as a life long commitment to a work path - from the early years until I choose to retire. I am 61 and have been working since I was 16 in and around London.There has been no break in my work pattern - even whilst having my family and i have never claimed state support. Following two redundancies in recent years from large organisations and with a fairly comprehensive CV it has become seemingly impossible to find meaningful full time paid work. I am in no doubt that this is due to my age. The government now requires me to work for an extra 7 years until i can obtain my state pension. I want to work, i have to work and yet i cannot find work that uses my skills and pays enough to provide a reasonable standard of living. I can find plenty of low paid, part time work - but this doesn't satisfy me in any way. Why?
I think age discrimination is a real problem in London.