Meg’s resilience: A story of triumph over health and age barriers in the workforce

This surge in the number of older people in the workforce is currently at unprecedented levels. [Source: Shutterstock]

Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has highlighted a substantial increase of people aged 65 and over in the current workforce. Approximately 45,000 people in this age bracket are seen to be currently working and part of the labour force as compared to the same period last year. 

The journey of older Australians navigating the modern job market is rife with distinctive challenges. Seasoned professionals who have significantly contributed to various industries often encounter hurdles that hinder their job searches and career ambitions. This is especially true if they are looking at retaining their jobs or even if they are considering rejoining the workforce after a gap. A complex landscape shaped by age discrimination, technological shifts, health considerations, and evolving expectations stands before them.

Within this context, Margaret’s story resonates as a symbol of resilience and determination. 

Fondly called “Meg,” her narrative mirrors the struggles faced by older individuals contending not only with employment challenges but also health issues.

At 61 years old, Meg confronted an array of daunting challenges, including battles with breast cancer, eye anomalies, psychological barriers, gastroenterological issues, and musculoskeletal disorders. Following her battle against cancer, Meg encountered another obstacle—a lack of confidence due to her age and health issues. The fear of rejection made her anxious while applying for jobs, making it difficult to succeed in interviews.

To recognise the unique challenges encountered by older Australians, AimBig Employment emerged as a compassionate support system. The synergy between Meg and her job coach Christophe at AimBig was evident as they worked closely together, building trust and leveraging her existing motivation to achieve their goal of finding employment. Her journey towards securing a job became more manageable and filled with hope.

Meg’s unyielding determination, coupled with the unwavering support of Christophe, culminated in her securing a role as a Fundraiser at a local Call Centre, conveniently situated a mere 5-minute walk from her home in Surry Hills Sydney.

Meg and her job coach Christophe. [Source: Supplied]

“AimBig in general has been very supportive throughout my job seeking journey. I never felt disrespected, pushed or forced to do anything and grateful for the well-trained staff who knew when to show empathy and when to use motivational techniques to get me where I am today. Returning back to the workforce was a challenge but with AimBig’s assistance things have been very smooth and I couldn’t have asked for anything else,” she continued.

Meg’s journey back into the workforce, enriched by the personalised guidance of AimBig, underscores the significance of tailored support for older Australians facing health-related barriers.

“Age and health should never serve as limitations to the pursuit of meaningful employment,” affirmed Greg Luck, CEO of AimBig Employment. “With the right support, as provided by AimBig Employment, individuals can overcome these challenges and discover their purpose.”

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