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Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Westi » Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:21 pm

With just a few years to go before I retire, I've applied for a new job & blow me down got shortlisted for interview. I have done the job before & probably feel they have to be seen as not ageist, but so hope I get it.

It's not an easy job, but what appeals is it is an autonomous post. With 30+ yrs in nursing I am fed up with managing a 'team'. Over the years I have seen an increasing lack of respect, egos too big to jump over, pathological lying, laziness, blame, inability to accept advise, not willing to do more to help out in a crisis, blatant bullying etc. I action, but with so much care so I don't get taken to tribunal that the message to them is blurred. (Equal opportunities has a lot to answer for).

Anyway everyone - just asking you to cross your fingers for me! Anyone else done something similar or for the same motive? Or just a general opinion on the change of values over this 30 year time frame?

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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby robo » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:01 pm

I wish you the best of luck westi hope all goes well for you
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Bean » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:32 pm

Fingers crossed Westi. A great idea to have a change for the last few years, I hope it works out.
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Postby dan3008 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:59 pm

good luck :)
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Pa Snip » Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:17 am

Westi

Indeed, never too old nor is there any reason why it should be madness.

Good luck, hope you get it

Either way, have fun in the process.
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Motherwoman » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:57 am

Go for it Westi!

I changed career totally when I hit the big 50 and picked up 3 good, part time posts which have kept me out of trouble over the last 10 years! And I have been asked to do more... us older bods have a lot to offer.

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Postby Diane » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:18 am

Great news....I do hope you get the job. :D
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Pawty » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:58 am

Good luck Westi!

I've been in my job for 15 yrs (environmental scientist). I love it and it is rewarding, however my husband and I will be taking over the family farm within the next few years. It's scary and exciting at the same time and I need to re train all over again (especially as I'll be running it as my husband will need to continue working in London). A daunting prospect but you're never to old to take on a new challenge - it helps keep us young.

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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby robo » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:42 pm

Pawty, I envy you I keep looking at smallholdings for sale but I'm afraid I might be past it
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby dan3008 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:32 pm

Pawty I'm envious too. I'd love to work a farm, but I'm not a good enough business man to handle that side of things
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Stephen » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:36 pm

Hi Westi, I hope you get it.
I understand very well about no longer wishing to manage a team. I (largely) stopped doing that a decade or so ago when I went freelance and the improvement to my sence of well-being was wonderful, I expect that I am much better company now than I was then.
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Bean » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:03 am

Pawty, that sounds like a wonderful opportunity. As you say, nothing like a bit of learning and a challenge to keep us young!! Very best of luck with it.
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Westi » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:39 pm

What sort of farm Pawty?

You must be so excited as well as scared, but I'm sure you will do the appropriate learning & seek advice when needed. Keep us up to date when you get it - I bet there will be loads of adventures!

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PS: Thanks for the good wishes, I feel a bit like a student again trying to cram all the info in & pre-empt what particular questions they may ask.
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby Pawty » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:29 pm

I must admit to mis leading slightly.... When I say farm, Its a vineyard with land (somehow always easier to say farm??) My husbands family have spent 30 years building it up. I get a lesson in something new every time we visit and the wine they produce is amazing. We want to continue with this plus a few extra things such as a new grape variety, some animals and working with local businesses.....

I will definitely keep you updated - and asking lots of questions!

Westi, let us know how it all went.
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Re: Never too old - or just mad?

Postby peter » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:42 pm

In the UK Pawty or somewhere warmer?
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