According to ageing research, there is no need to let your birth certificate stand in the way of job satisfaction. As long as you have the desire and the motivation, all you need is to set the goal.
“The predefined ages of public old-age and early retirement wrongly lull us into the belief that we have a natural expiry date on the labour market”, says researcher in ageing Henning Kirk.
“We get some resources with age that young people don't have. These are valuable resources such as experience and overview. We also become more adaptable, and we still have the ability to learn new things within the area we work with”, he explains.
Say goodbye to the myths and put on your work gloves
The researcher believes that the reasons for senior employees leaving the labour market must be illness, wear-out or a lack of up-to-date knowledge. “It is also a myth that senior employees generally have more trouble with handling the increased pace on the labour market. However, if the work is stressful, it usually affects the senior employees more. But, on the other hand, the senior employees are often better at organising the work, whereas younger people sometimes double the effort by using the wrong techniques”, Henning Kirk says.
Your brain is still in fine health after 60
He also believes that it is often due to a social and cultural influence that we automatically stop working when we reach a certain age. Because the brain cells are in perfect health - also those belonging to the grey gold. “We need to disregard the norms and “usually”. After all, we are no longer a nation of farmers that are worn out and die by the age of 65. We live in 2016, and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that our brains become unfit for work as we get older. As long as we keep moving and staying motivated”.