Sunday 26 February 2017

No more jobs for life - get used to chopping and changing careers

Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Celebrating their Leaving Cert results at Castletroy College were Shane Doherty, Patrick Zheng, Dion Smalle, William Hayes, Neil Ryan, Thomas Minogue, and Michael Desmond.
Photo: Gareth Williams / Press22
Celebrating their Leaving Cert results at Castletroy College were Shane Doherty, Patrick Zheng, Dion Smalle, William Hayes, Neil Ryan, Thomas Minogue, and Michael Desmond. Photo: Gareth Williams / Press22

Tens of thousands of (mostly) young people received their Leaving Cert results yesterday. Some will immediately enter the world of work, but most will move into a new phase of further education and training before they start to earn a crust.

Regardless of their choice, one thing is clear: their working lives will be longer than in the past.

Most of today's school leavers will be toiling into their 70s, as retirement ages rise in line with increasing longevity.

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