I met up with four friends from law school last Friday. We graduated in 1989. It’s the year Edie Brickell & New Bohemians sang the recession’s top hit "What I am". It’s also the year Generation X entered the job market.
Is Age Discrimination Against the Law?
Some unconventional advice
- Always negotiate your termination package. The jurisprudence has changed significantly in the last few years regarding notice period and your older age.
- Safeguard your LinkedIn network. Be firm and insist your contacts are not part of your employer’s confidential information.
- You want privacy? Get your own mobile phone and laptop. Keep your stuff out of the company’s mobile devices.
- Don’t curtail your personal branding opportunities (i.e. blogging about curling or sports). Be Google-able.
- A professional woman aged 45 or more must plan for the likelihood that she will be working for herself in the future (not by choice – but believe me, it’s for the better).
- Take the odd freelancing jobs (even if employed). Work to reinvent yourself, constantly.
- If you are laid off, seek untraditional career transition assistance, such as iRelaunch, Career Leader or the cool alt work agency, Box of Crayons.
- If you are stuck in a mid career rut but yearn for independence and creativity, discover the behavioural systems of Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Ramit writes for the 20 to 30 year old crowd but his courses really work.
- If you really want to work for yourself, forget the career transition services offered by your ex-employer. Instead, ask for the career transition allowance to be banked for your independent professionals. You’ll need the accounting and business development intelligence by your side. You’ll also need a cloud office advisor.
The Future of Work and Semi Retirement