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Tara Fenwick

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 17: Older Workers in the Professions: Learning Challenges and Strategies

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Older Workers in the Professions: Learning Challenges and Strategies
Older workers in the professions: Learning challenges and strategies
TaraFenwick
Introduction

Policy focus on older workers (50+ years of age) has steadily increased in many countries concerned about retaining these workers in the paid labour force – more specifically, retaining skilled and satisfied older workers (EU 2007, HRDC 2000, HRSDC 2013, OECD 2006, UK 2006). These policies are often linked to concerns for increased ratios of aging citizens to active workers, projections of a general critical shortage in skilled labour, and evidence of workplace ageism and exclusion. Studies have shown, for example, that older workers experience devaluing of their knowledge, stereotyping, subtle barriers to learning opportunities, and pressure to present themselves as younger and technologically savvy (Ainsworth 2006, Carroll ...

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