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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:11 AM

From GD about workers over 50

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022435023

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Reply From GD about workers over 50 (Original post)
2Design Feb 2013 OP
ConcernedCanuk Apr 2013 #1
SheilaT Apr 2013 #2
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Response to 2Design (Original post)

Fri Apr 5, 2013, 03:18 AM

1. Here is a snippet from the link

 

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"The American worker might as well get used to being unemployed and unemployable by the time they are even 45 these days.

Forget 55. Corporate American considers workers old at 42 which is the actuarial age where an employee becomes a burden.

It is not like the "good old days when an employer valued older employees and valued longevity, knowledge and seniority.

Times have changed and employers' attitudes have changed big time. The new economy is not only bad for older workers it is also terrible for newer workers as well. "

more at http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022435023

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Response to 2Design (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2013, 09:00 AM

2. There have been quite a few of these kinds of threads in recent years.

Apparently I am the only person in this country, or perhaps here on DU at least, who has gotten a job when over the age of 50. Actually, I've been hired three times since turning 60.

Granted, it helps that I was returning to the workforce after having been a stay at home mom for many years, but other sources would make you think that no one who isn't continually in the workforce from twenty minutes after high school or college graduation can ever hope to find gainful employment. It also helps that I was looking for entry-level work.

In a lot of cases the reality is that certain jobs are disappearing, and people, lots of people, are going to need serious re-training of some kind. It's a little like the problem of kids who go to college and major in anthropology or 17th century French poetry and then are stunned to realize that there really aren't any jobs in those fields. I'm constantly telling young people to go ahead and major in what they love, but never forget that at the end of school they're going to need to be making a living somehow.

Not that any of this changes the fact that too many jobs are needlessly disappearing, or that wages have not kept up with productivity.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 14, 2013, 02:54 PM

3. DUers are getting older - that's why we got more threads like this.

 

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And that's ok.

I've been here over 10 years, as have many others.

So it is comfortable to stay in a forum that is as diverse as this.

You can bounce around from the main political forums to groups like gardening, humour - whatever.

And many of us "know" each other in a way -

After watching and responding to certain members posts, ya get to understand their values/opinions.

So you get "comfortable" -

A nice feeling.

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