How many more training courses do I have to do to get a job?

I am 57, due to retire at 60, have been a fully qualified dental nurse (had to give up due to health problems), re-trained as a secretary and earned my living for over 23 years doing that, drifted into elecronics and spent several years doing that before studying and working in employment law. I also worked in trading standards before being made redundant. At various times I've worked in an estate agency, local government, property management, and even stacked shelves in a supermarket, all temporary assignments. On 'signing on' for work (Job Seeker Allowance) I've been asked if I would be willing to re-train, and if not, why not. As what? plumber, brickie, IT, what for heaven's sake? I went to Job Seekers 'cos ageism is alive and well and I can't get a job doing what I'm qualified to do. If I can't get a job when I have lots of experience, what chance after doing another training course with no experience in that field?

Asked By: Kitty Katty - 10/6/2007
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Why don't you tell them that? If they can't find you a job that you are trained for then they aren't very good! I think "I'm retiring soon so it wouldn't be worth it and I am already very qualified" is a perfectly good reason under the "if not why not". Anyway, would training for something else be so bad? Ialways... More
Answered By: Claire S - 10/6/2007
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There are still secretary / clerical , electronics , dental etc. , jobs out there... More
Answered By: kate - 10/6/2007
pmsl,they dont have a bloody clue, tell them you want to be an astronaut,
Answered By: SCOTCH MIST - 10/6/2007
I'm 45 and have some good work experience. I've been searching for a job for two years despite the fact that I'm working in a supermarket at the moment and I just cannot find another role. I guess the reason is age discrimination... By the way, I'm more active than the most of my younger colleagues.
Answered By: Elektro - 10/6/2007
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