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What career would you choose if you were 20 years younger?

by on July 3, 2012

This is the title of a video on ‘re-careering’ (available to view via the link on this page of the InternsOver40 website).

The video features Dr Helen Harkness who changed to a new role in career counselling when she was 50. She advises those who want to start a new work identity in the context of increased life expectancy, longer working lives and mid-life redundancy. One suggestion she makes is that many people apparently find it easier to tap into new work ideas if they imagine themselves to be 20 years younger.


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  1. Paula Fitzgerald permalink

    Interesting video. Thanks for posting it.

    Kooij et al (2007), in their work “Older Workers’ Motivation to Continue to Work: five meanings of age – a conceptual review”, look into age-related factors that have influence on the work motivation of older workers, and also study how various conceptualizations of the age factor may have an effect on the direction and termination of the motivation to continue to work in older workers.

    This is one of the first studies to look into the relations between different conceptualizations of age and motivation. Their findings – resulting from 24 empirical and 9 conceptual studies – show that “most age-related factors (such as declining health, and career plateaus – which could be managed through appropriate HRM policies and practices such as ergonomic adjustments, and continuous career development) can have a negative impact on the motivation to continue to work of older people”. Age-related factors are, therefore, important to understanding older workers’ motivation to continue to work, Kooij et al affirm.

    The authors also recommend that additional research is required to better understand the underlying processes that manage how these age-related factors influence the motivation to continue to work.

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