Are you young enough for the Workplace?

Kay Renfrow By Kay Renfrow, 3rd Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/24k_bfca/
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What's it like being 60 and graduating from college and putting yourself out in the workforce with the younger generation? Can you win that job? Are the employers looking for the fresh faces or do they want experience? Insider scoop on what it feels like to be over looked because of your age.

Graduate at 60, Was it worth it?

I find myself terrified to even think of competing for a job against the younger graduates, with their enthusiasm and vigor, which I have in abundance, but it's just harder to see, because I'm 60! I have the experience in the health field, but not in billing and coding, which I just spent 15,000 dollars and 8 and a half months learning how to do. Was it worth it? To me it was, but are the employers going to think so? Can I win that job against a fresh face with no practical experience and just school? I sure hope so, because if I don't, that would mean, I just wasted all that money and time, with still no job after two years of unemployment!

I'm terrified and the more I think about it, the more terrified I become and it's unfair! I've been in the health field for 15 years, working as a Home Health Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant and a Caregiver. I'm energetic and caring, focused and organized, but is that going to make a difference, when I have that AA Diploma in hand, in the billing and coding field? I certainly hope so, because as of yet I've had no response to any of my applications! Am I going to be overlooked, because of my age? I've prepared my resume and cover letter, per the advice and counsel of people that are supposed to know about such things, but I never had to get a job using a resume and cover letter. I'm still used to the old fashioned way of job hunting, a you're hired and a hand shake!

What scares me even more is, I'll get a great job and get settled in to use my new earned skills and degree, then Pooffff, my own health starts to go by the wayside, and I'm sure I'm not alone with these feelings! Since I'm single and have to support myself, I have no choice! Welfare is not an option, so I can thank God, confidence is one of the tools of the world. So, if I'm not hired out in the workforce, I've decided to start my own Billing and Coding Business, here at home to start with, then we'll see where that leads, because I know there are plenty of billing jobs out there. They are in abundance in the paper and on the internet, so why haven't I had any call backs? Employers say they don't discriminate against age, but they should be in my shoes! Hitting the pavement, numerous applications on the internet, revised resume's, revised cover letter's, professional advise and counseling and on, and on, still to no avail! So, what am I to think? I can't be that ugly!

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author avatar Kay Renfrow
Hi There!
I'm just a lady trying to make a living in a young world. Have earned my AA in Medical Billing & Coding. I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 13 years and have been unemployed for 2 years, so I'm changing my venue. I'm 59, with 2 c...(more)

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author avatar MidgetGem
6th Aug 2011 (#)

It's crazy isn't it? And in the UK the government wants people to work until they're in their seventies but nobody will want to employ them. Interesting to read about the issue from your side of the world. It's not too different from what I can see.

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author avatar Kay Renfrow
13th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you MidgetGem for your comment, our government is the same. Our retirement for social security starts at 63. I will have to work until I'm at least 70 to get enough to cover living expenses alone, not including food etc. It's a cruel world without some kind of retirement plan, unfortunately for me, I was a military brat and traveled all over the place while growing up and it stuck in my blood, therefore no retirement plan and now what do I do? I'm counting on good health and God! Good Luck in the UK!

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author avatar Andre Hartslief
6th Aug 2011 (#)

Almost 60 myself (59 yrs. and 11months), so I see your situation clearly. The advice I can add is twofold, I mention this as it worked for me recently. Firstly,you will need to get about 5 to 10 work related testimonials, highlighting your work ethic within an interpersonal work relationship.They must be contactable. Secondly, offer to do an internship of sorts (free service) to the company. Kind of like a free, no strings attached demo of your capabilities. Having been an H.R. manager for 30 years, I deem myself qualified to make the above recommendations to you. I can see from your enthusiastic writing style, that you are able and capable of over delivering on your commitments.

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author avatar Kay Renfrow
13th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Andre for your comment and advice. I will surely do as you say and get those referrals. That won't be hard. I'm not as scared as I was a few weeks ago, but there is that doubt, even with my newly acquired certificate, while continuing with the AA program in Medical Coding. It's funny that you bring up over delivering on my comments, because that is a fault I've been working on. It's very hard to express what you feel on paper in a professional manner, so again thanks for the critique, it can only make me better.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Aug 2011 (#)

First of all, welcome to wikinut. I think you will be just fine. Sure it is hard but, you seem like a go getter to me. My husband, for the first time in his life, was fired from his job about 5 months ago. He just turned 60 and it was not easy for him to find those that will hire you at that age, sadly. After some foot pounding, he has found a place that wanted him and his experience. Good luck. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Kay Renfrow
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Hi Denise,
Thank you for your support. I love Wikinut, but find it hard to share my writings with others.

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author avatar Denise O
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Kay, I think we all do at one time or another. Especially when we first start. Then your write a article where you have given up a little piece of you, you in turn help another and then, it gets easier. I have found it rather freeing in doing so. I am sure you will too, in time.:)

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author avatar Kay Renfrow
22nd Mar 2012 (#)

Hi Denise, Thank you for your encouraging words. You're right of course! Especially with the great comments. Now, just to find some great topics, other than Christ of course. Kay

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