News Miriam Donohoe

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Comment: If you are over 50, you are over the hill when it comes to finding a job

Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30

In Ireland, a Behaviour and Attitudes ‘Age in the Workplace’ survey for William Fry Solicitors revealed earlier this year that the average employer starts thinking of employees as “old” at 51 (Stock picture)
In Ireland, a Behaviour and Attitudes ‘Age in the Workplace’ survey for William Fry Solicitors revealed earlier this year that the average employer starts thinking of employees as “old” at 51 (Stock picture)

I'm an old bag, and it's official. For the first time since I left college at the age of 19, I have become self-conscious about my age, which for the record is a spritely 52. Until recently, I thought of myself as forever 25. The years have passed without costing me a thought. I proudly turned 50 with the attitude: "Bring it on. I have loads more to contribute."

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I have been happily self-employed (by choice) for the last seven years, after more than a quarter of a century of fulfilling permanent work.

As a self-employed person, I have loved the freedom of being my own boss and having the flexibility to do interesting things.

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