Finished at Fifty?

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Duration: 29 minutes

If you find yourself out of work in your fifties, you're far less likely to find a new job than any other age group. But are they victims of their own inflexibility or should more be done to help them? Uncompromising advice from former business leader Lord Digby Jones challenges four jobless 50-somethings to change their approach to job-hunting. Reporter Fiona Phillips reveals a group of people facing stacks of rejection letters and money worries after a lifetime at work. Can they beat the odds and get their working lives back on track?

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    Growing army of over-50s join the battle to find work

    In a special report for Panorama, Fiona Phillips examines the road ahead for Britain's 50-somethings as they navigate redundancy, long-term unemployment and the road back to work.

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  • Council worker: Losing job 'knocked the legs from me'

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    Panorama meets Lindy Griffiths, a 52-year-old teacher whose post with Rochdale Council's school improvement team was axed last year when funding ran out. Since then Lindy has struggled to find work.

  • Older worker 'crushed' by year-long hunt for work

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    Michelle Macreavy tells Panorama'a Fiona Phillips of the toll that a full-year of job-hunting has taken on her 57-year-old husband. Andrew Macreavy has applied for almost 500 jobs and had seven interviews in his attempt to get back into the workforce after being made redundant from his management job.

  • Finished at Fifty? - Useful Websites

    Finished at Fifty? - Useful Websites

    If you or someone you know is affected by the issues raised in Panorama: Finished at Fifty? - help is available.
    The organisations below provide information, support and advice aimed at helping and guiding the older unemployed back to work.

    Find resource details here
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Credits

Reporter
Fiona Phillips
Producer
Asif Hasan

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