Too old for a new career?



After taking a career break to bring up your family isn’t the easiest thing to do in this day and age. Finding a company that can offer you career opportunities a decent salary and opportunities to develop could be described as the proverbial needle in a haystack.


Amanda found herself in this situation, her family have been her priority but as they have grown up she can now consider returning to the world of work. Bringing her skills up to date to deal with the advancement in technology has been one of her major stumbling blocks her age she thinks has definitely been another. Even though she did well at school employers don’t always offer the possibility of full training for someone in her situation. Amanda said, “Because I was looking for a job share role in an office environment there was very little available locally. Although I was keen to get back to work the prospect of working in a shop really didn’t appeal to me and couldn’t pay me a salary I could afford to take.”


Stewart was playing the commuting game, travelling into London on a daily basis. He has worked in middle management for a number of years and thought because he is older he wouldn’t be able to find a suitable career locally. He said, “The threat of redundancy made the idea to look for something in the Andover area a priority. The thought of putting myself and my family though months of uncertainty was not something I was looking forward to as well as the commute.” Both Amanda and Stewart have now found career opportunities and they are both working for a local company, earning decent salaries and still have plenty of opportunities to develop their careers.


Mark Bower-Dyke Chairman and CEO at Be Wiser Insurance said, “I really don’t understand why employers would even question employing someone like Amanda or Stewart. They both have work experience and life experience on their sides and still have many years left to develop their careers and add value to any business.”


He said; “That’s why we have developed our ‘More to Give’ programme because we are interested in giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to build a meaningful career in the Financial Services Industry. The only problem is we are really struggling to fill the 40 spaces we have. We know from our own experience that investing in people is key to our success and we see ‘More to Give’ as a further opportunity for mature individuals to realise their potential.” If you think you have ‘More to Give’ why not take the next step and contact Be Wiser?


  • Our training programme gives you time to re-train supported by a dedicated trainer

  • Opportunities to work flexible hours through job sharing or full time hours

  • Automatic enrolment to the pension scheme – the Company match contributions up to 1%in the first 12 months, 5% thereafter

  • There is an annual 5% salary increase

  • And a competitive starting salary


If you want to find out how working for Be Wiser could work for you;

  • Call one of our Recruitment Consultants on 01264 748181

  • Drop into see them at The Owls Nest Winchester Street, Andover

  • Email your CV to

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