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Why women over 50 can’t find jobs | PBS NewsHour

If you’re a woman above the age of 50, you might have had some difficulty finding work since 2008. Here’s why.

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This is a worthwhile article to read about the state of employment in general. This applies to technical communications and just about every field out there. I’ve had enough issues as a 40-something year old as it is, and as I step a little closer to my 50s, to read this is disheartening. It does seem that many companies, while trying to bring in new talent by way of university graduates and such, also don’t allow for second-career types like myself. In a manner of speaking, I’m still a relatively new graduate, having graduated from grad school just under 4 years ago, and employed for 3 of those last 4 years. I think the problem lies that employers want younger employees because they can get the internships to learn (I can’t get that now), and they are CHEAP. Much cheaper than someone who is a little more experienced in several aspects of a given field.  When did the value of experience go down? It’s confusing to be out there looking for something now. If you don’t have experience, an employer doesn’t want you, but if you have the experience, the employers aren’t willing to pay what your experience is worth. 


What do my fellow 40-something and 50-something year old (and anyone a couple years older than that 😉 ) think about this article? Do you agree with the assessment? Include your comments below. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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