I love it when I find confirmation of what I truly believe!
We’re never too old to learn!
Late last year a news article reported on research confirming that those over 50 have the ability to adapt to new jobs and their technology demands.
The survey of 5973 Australians aged 18 and over, conducted by Lonergan Research on behalf of insurance company Apia, found 77 per cent of people over 50 believe their creativity levels increase or stay the same with age.
The study found more than half (56 per cent) of people over 50 believe they can keep up with the latest trends in technology until at least the age of 80 …..”
80% of the third of Australians over the age of 50 are Baby Boomers, with the vast majority being technology literate and keen to learn and adjust to accommodate our rapidly changing world. For so many, staying in contact with family and friends overseas via email, sharing photos online are a given. So too are online shopping, banking and holiday planning.
Yet sadly, this article highlights the very real issue of age discrimination as demonstrated by employers who have a reluctance to invest time retraining those who may have a limited number of years left in the labour market. In short, this is a terrible loss for both prospective employers and employees, for business and for society as a whole.
Overcoming the stereotype that older workers take longer to learn new skills and are less technology savvy is a challenge that needs to be tackled.
A poke around the Australian Human Rights Commission: Age Discrimination website makes for some interesting reading as does an easy to read pdf titled: Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability which summaries the findings of a report undertaken by the
It is because I constantly see the skills, talents and capabilities of older workers on a day-to-day basis that I find I am passionate about the need for society to recognize the value that older employees have to contribute to the work force. My passionate belief in the value of ongoing lifelong learning supports this stand.
Throughout my career, as I’ve stepped from job to job, I’ve found myself appreciating anew the power of the multigenerational staff with whom I work. Indeed, as I penned some time ago: Older teachers rock!
Young employees have an unabashed enthusiasm for their work and a keenness to learn and experiment while older employees have a wealth of experience and foresight and a willingness to share and mentor.
The blend of the two is powerful beyond words!