If you want to get back into paid work after a break, getting a job might be top of your list right now. However, it’s worth exploring whether some initial study, training or other experience will improve your chances of finding the right position.
Whether you’ve been out of work for a period of time because of unemployment, illness, or a career break bringing up children, caring for older relatives or travelling, some time spent learning before or while you look for employment can reap rewards. It can give you:
- the skills to improve your chances of finding employment or enter work again at a higher level or specialist role
- the qualifications and skills you need to change career direction
- the chance to develop a network of contacts who could help you get employment in the future
- the opportunity to turn a hobby or interest into a business
You can improve your chances of finding work even more by volunteering or gaining work experience, e.g. through a Foundation Degree.
If you are over 50 and looking to get back into work The Restless Site can help you find jobs with age diverse employers across the UK. Whether you’re looking for full time or part time jobs, a career change after 50 or to find your purpose post-retirement.
You can also take a look at our I want to Retrain page if your work or job prospects have changed.