Breaking down the stereotypes of older workers

We are at war. A war against ageism and stereotypes. Older consumers, workers and citizens, need to join the fight to stop being pigeon-holed by out-dated stereotypes.

I recently wrote about ageism in the marketing/advertising industry but here are some compelling  myth-busters from the Wall Street Journal about the wider labour force (USA).old-worker

Myth 1: I’m not going to find a good job.

REALITY: Baby boomers are getting jobs with better pay, status and working conditions than prior generations of older workers.

Myth 2: You can’t take time off, or you’ll never get back into the workforce

REALITY: About 40% of people who retire take a break and then return to work, typically within two years.

Myth 3: I’m not going to make as big of a contribution as I did in the past.

REALITY: Older workers can play a more vital role than ever.

Myth 4: The only type of work available to older applicants is part time.

REALITY: Since 1995, the number of people age 65 or older working full time has more than tripled.

Myth 5: The chance to be an entrepreneur has passed me by.

REALITY: Americans in their 50s and 60s make up a growing share of entrepreneurs.