Too old to go digital? April 26, 2013Posted by Louise Honey in : The Careers Group Blogs, disability , add a comment
The digital sector can seem like a daunting place and many older professionals do not see this as a viable career area for them – assuming that the younger generation, who have grown up with technology would be better suited, and they themselves overlooked. A recent blog post ‘You’re never too old to go digital’ from the Guardian Careers Diversity Hub looks at this in more detail.
This post raises some interesting issues around the digital sector and details strategies to help you gain your confidence and boost your job prospects in this ever expanding digital economy.
Having an ‘outsiders’ view on certain aspects of technology may actually allow you to view the usability of a product from a different perspective, which could be hugely valuable to a potential employer. As long as there is willingness to experiment with new technologies then age should not be a barrier.
There will be other important skills that as an experienced professional you will have – even if developed in a different industry. Things such as leadership, communication and commercial awareness are all still vital to many positions and often employers look for candidates from a range of backgrounds so as to bring fresh perspectives, knowledge and experience.
One thing that you will need to show, whatever your age is passion for the job role. There are many courses, online training opportunities and workshops that can allow you to brush up on skills and develop techniques that will prove to a potential employer that you are genuinely interested in their area of work. That ability to up-skill and continuously learn will be hugely attractive in this market – and actually many more!
The full article can be found at the following link http://careers.guardian.co.uk/never-too-old-to-go-digital
UCL Diversity month – open to the public January 31, 2012Posted by Katie Dallison in : Events, commercial awareness , add a comment
February is UCL’s diversity month and the central London University is opening the majority of it’s events to the public. There is something for everyone with events on women’s rights, transgender issues, gay imagery, agism and religion.
Although not strictly careers related – the events could provide a great opportunity for networking, with most Monday evenings throughout the month having a panel event. For anyone interested in pursuing a career around advocacy (human rights law, policy or diversity roles within business or the public sector) these talks will put you in touch with experts in the field and help you to meet a range a people interested in these topics.
To find out more about Diversity Month and for a full calender of event, please visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/diversity_month2012.php