I am one of those WASPI women.
Some of you may ask what one of those is. Sadly, in my case it is not an older, slim and gorgeous Helen Mirren type!!
A WASPI woman is a lady who reached their state pension age and sadly had their pension taken away from them with basically no warning. How wrong you may all cry and then move on to the next article.
The reason it is so wrong, is that most of us did not have the time to put extra money in place to cover for what, for me, will be a 6 year shortfall.
I am not saying that I would have retired or even could have retired.
After 45 years of working I have paid my dues, including bringing up 3 children and never claimed benefits. Is this right or proper, I would question and my answer always comes back as a resounding NO.
I loved my years working. I was always in recruitment and HR though now due to personal health issues I find myself on the scrapheap fighting with the system, as no one wants to take a chance on this alleged old lady, which trust me, is no fun.
I don’t have a fabulous trust fund or pot of gold (I have been chasing those rainbows!). So I have to work, as most people who are reading this will have to and your retirement date sadly will get further away the younger you are.
Trust me, plenty of us 60 plus ladies have a lot to give to the workplace, although we are often overlooked.
We don’t want to be the CEO anymore, or have the top job, we just want to work because we HAVE TO and in some cases want to!! We all added value when we were in the workplace, we can still do that – believe me.
So when you think about flexible working, don’t think part time think FLEXIBLE, think WASPI women. We are more than capable of adding huge value to your organisation.
I am lucky that Cheney Hamilton @ FindYourflex could see the value in me and my transferable skills.
So what I wanted to say to employers out there, is try looking beyond the usual recruitment paths, there is a wealth of experience out there and everyone needs to be valued.
See our years of experience and dedication, see our skills – NOT our age.
Barbara Ford , WASPI Account Executive, FindYourFlex.