Unemployed and Older, and Facing a Jobless Future

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People who are over 50 and unemployed are having a harder time finding a job, and for some, the situation may be permanent. The recession, company downsizing, and motivated young professionals are just a few reasons older job applicants are struggling.

The reality is that many unemployed workers over the age of 50 simply aren’t finding work, no matter how hard they try, so it’s important to help them cope with this difficult situation.

Nadya Fouad, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, explains, “The contract used to be, ‘I am a loyal employee and you are a loyal employer. I promise to work for you my entire career and you train, promote, give benefits and a pension when I retire.’ Now you can’t count on any of that.”

Fouad and her team created guidelines for the American Psychological Association to help with this type of issue in the workplace. If you or someone you know is struggling to find a job later in life, remember that you are not alone, and that these struggles are not always the job applicant’s fault.

The New York Times, 7/27/13

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