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Career at forty?

Submited by- ruchii.kumar on 04 Jul, 2011    Career

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Get a life Get a career be financially independent I have heard it all Tell me please all you sitagita readers what options are there for a women who is forty plus? I would love to hear about career options which can be taken up without investing a bomb (turn hobby into business) open beauty parlours/start aromatherapy/reiki/yoga class/sell tupperware/ etc etc. Anyone in the corporate world or private sector willing to employ women over forty who are adept at inventory control/man management /party organization/housekeeping/fire fighting or crisis management? We all belittle the housewife and wave her aside with a disdainful look, but if you think carefully the above mentioned list of jobs is what she does with aplomb when managing a house and looking after kids and husband. She is on call 24 hours of the day/ minus pay/bonus or even casual leave. She takes it all in her stride. Have you ever seen a housewife turn away her children saying "Sorry no food today. No Gas" She would rather be dead than miss out on a deadline of putting food on the table for her family Best crisis manager in the world is our mere housewife. All this and more she learns in the school of life on the job while coping with in-laws, pregnancies, maids or no maids etc Need I say more. After the family chores are taken care of and all obligations and duty fulfilled the humble housewife turns to look at herself and try and get a life of her own Tell me who is out there ready to employ her flexi time or otherwise now that her formal education is outdated and housewifely skills are looked down upon. Life they say begins at forty Tell me dear readers how many of you have been able to get yourself jobs after the empty nest syndrome has set in I would love to know I have good communication skills, am a committed worker, am organised and disciplined in my work, possess excellent time management skills. I have also tried to keep pace with the times by teaching myself the use of the computer. Any employers out there listening?

Rita Mukherjee

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ruchii.kumari (3 Years ago)

I agree with Rita. I am at the same stage of my life where she is right now. Starting somethig of your own is not an easy option. Our education qualification is outdated and experience which we had 10/15 yrs back is irrelavant so how to get a job at forty.

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ruchii.kumari (4 Years ago)

Nobody gives a career to anybody, you have to make one for yourself. I wanted a job at 36 I went back to college continued were I left and found a good job. Now you may say it is not possible in India I tell you why not? It is not easy I agree, but deep down it boils down to how badly you want it. It was very hard going back to college with two boys and a typical Indian husband, but the end justified the means. The very fact of me going back to college was proof enough of my seriousness to work for my current employer. All I want to say is if you are serious about working, take the right step to upgrade yourself to the current standards and present yourself with the right attitude, may be it will help you.

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classic_marketing (4 Years ago)

Hi,

Nirmala i totally agree with u.. nothing is impossible for women... We have the ability to multitask...

There are lot of options and oppurtunities for women who want to Restart their careers either after a break in their career.. one big reason could be marriage...

The Company that i am part of(Asthtva) provides womem with how to alleviate and maximize challeges and how they could balance their work and life more effectively....

Lot of companies are recruiting hosue wives on project basis and also there is an option of flexi timings available...

There are always doors open for women to get back in the Game..

Tharuna Asthtva

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billybabu123 (4 Years ago)

A 40 + woman really need money She has to go to work.One must decide what is the purpose? Really need money or spend your time in useful way.we can go to orphange and teach them or learn a dieitian course many hospitals and health clubs need them.Why 9 to 5 office?Forty plus women can create her own opportunities with her knowledge and experience.

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pratibhabs (3 Years ago)

There are lots of NGOs where children are in need of some good teachers why dont you have a try there? May be you can teach computers if you say have learnt it. my husband says keep learning there is no age bar for it. so you dont have to really worry about anything at forty! no outdates when u keep updating! keep a look out that is all u need. i had started working though as only a freelancer but i earn and am ahead of the youngsters all time

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shilpaharsh2007 (3 Years ago)

Dear UA,

I am not sure how much money you need to make, hence am suggesting a few options:

1. Call Centers/ BPO - Pay is good. They dont discrimnate based on age or sex, as long as you can communicate in English you have a job. From your post, I can see that language skills is not an issue. Also please note that there are BPOs that work 9 to 5 hours as well, not all are night shifts.

Also given your educational background, after you are settled in the job, you could be easily considered from senior roles and positions.

2. Teaching - Pay is moderate. With Engg colleges mushroomed up all over, they need people who can teach in the Business Management depts. They are looking for people with some industry experience. Now is a good time to apply.

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sasa (3 Years ago)

dear friends, i am sudha.happy to join with the like minded people.after 40 it is very crucial to manage ourselves. no body understand iur probem every is busy with thier career we people remain as it is without any identity.so i believe we should rebuild our potential for at least the next part our life.very sincerely we dedicated our life to the family so that honest will be there with us, but the problem is our body may not co-operate with us for hard work .what i am feeling is part time job like work at home but i dont know about it and its reliability .if any body is doing that sort of business please let me know.

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anaenseethise (4 Years ago)

At his juncture the easiest option is to start a small business that you like the most and for which you have enough time. Men seldom understand our need to be employed and independent you can become a financial advisor and sell insurance policies for instance.I am 33 and in the same boat.But I am still fit for the bpo industry .Just like Rita I am qualified professionally and have a couple of years experience .My educational qualification now 10 years old has no value . I have to fight a conventional husband to go on a late night shift jobs . When the disagreement looses into temper I give in to save the peace of the family.Why is that men dont put themselves in our shoes..? Dont we wish to persue a career like them? We too love to grow in a career, be respected and praised, get promotions and increments.A home based job can give money but the recognition will not be there....all men please understand....

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http://sojbmfciggns.com/ (4 Years ago)

hi.I have been finding myself in the same sitution.I am 37,and live in a joint family.I feel that I have no identity of my own other than catering to the needs of others.sometimes this really makes me feel useless.will I die living like this?please will someone help me to get out of this situation?

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gamsexixl (3 Years ago)

One of the options for women who are looking out to start on thier own aftre a long break is special or remedial education. There are short term part time courses available at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan or Spastics society and then you could either join a resource room in a school or work from home with one or couple of students at a time. There is flexibility and it offers a resonably decent amount of money. But the word of caution is this work calls for tremednous amounts of patience and understanding but i am sure that most women esp who have taken care of their households so patiently for so long are not lacking in that dept and when you see the results of your work that joy more than makes up for the trouble that you take. Good luck.

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