A guy I worked with had been planning a holiday for few months, then come the day, he was up early, a coffee and into his car, which he had packed the night before.
He was 4 hours down the road towards his destination when the boss rang and asked him if he could come in to work. Talking to him weeks later ( I won’t go into details of the phone call), he said he knew that jobs for older workers were getting harder to come by.
He had decided at that moment he no longer wanted to be part of that company. I’ve had my difficulties putting up with some of the crazy workplace rules of some companies too.
But, he had been learning to fly drones and was undertaking lessons to get his drone accreditations, so he could do photography for real estate agents and wedding photography.
Unlike my experience with drones, watching them crash, losing them or watching them being attacked by birds!
Jobs For Older Workers
What does it mean? Youth unemployment in many countries is around the 20+% level, and probably much higher when the washup from this covid pandemic is counted.
In Australia the retirement age has already been increased from 65 to 67 years. Many other countries are following suit trying to cover the black hole in their budgets.
With Corporations looking towards a future of automation and specialization, perhaps thinking if they can just keep older workers for a few more years, then by the time they are gone those jobs will be automated.
Think car companies.
What is an Exoskeleton
Exoskeletons have been developed using science (bionics), from the rehabilitation industry that enables people to lift / carry / bend / move things that with constant repetition may cause injury or long term mobility issues.
I mentioned car companies in this next shot shows how they are being used at Fiat Chrysler. Probably after looking at that, you might be wishing they had something like that at your work place before your back or knee gave out.
With technology advancements happening all the time in many manufacturing industries, it is not hard to understand why there is a large pool of unemployed youth.
Industries such as Construction, Agriculture, Logistics, have a reputation for hard yakka. Exoskeletons are proven to be able to reduce the risks of musculoskeletal disorders and other injury prone areas in these industries.
So, in industries that have a reputation for hiring only the toughest and fittest, Exoskeletons are slowly finding a place in those industries, and older workers are able to increase the time they work in these industries.
Companies adopting the exoskeleton have increased their pool of labor by having a safer means of performing heavy labour, and saving on insurance costs as well.
Of course you still need skills to do these jobs, and learning these skills you need full mobility and flexibility, which you would expect to find in the younger generation.
Quality of life
None of this considers you or your quality of life. Increasingly, (it seems for many), you are no more than a cog in the corporate/ government machine.
The further they can extend your time working for them the better off they will be. Of course if you have the money you have other choices. And…
I understand not everyone wants to retire. My father was still building houses in his 70’s.
I am sure you would know some people working into their 70’s. However…
Time does catch up with you and earning a passive income is a better alternative to donning a exoskeleton suit.
Although an exoskeleton makes light of work you are essentially ignoring what your body is telling you.
As someone once said “It is not the years left in your life that count, it is the life left in your years”
Quality of life is subjective though. While it is great that companies are looking at this opportunity “seriously” ( If only 4 workers out of 2500 as per the Ford video can be called serious).
For many older workers the adoption of these technologies will come to late for them to be of any benefit.
So unless you move into another field like my friend with the drones, your retirement could be challenging.
Is hardly the time to taking on a new career. The day my friend with the drone “pulled the pin” he was well advanced in his drone course, he new what he was doing.
If your a business owner you have options. Whether you keep making pickled radish at your factory, or pass it on to your family, or sell it.
For many though, as retirement age nears, it is becomes a period of mixed emotions. You may have to find some part time work to keep topping up the funds.
You may never really retire.
For many business owners retirement started the day they started their business.
If you have been an employee for most of your life you have skills that can be shared.
The technology available now (see above), gives you the opportunity to live where you want, travel when you feel like it, and design a life that looks the way you dream it could.
Ultimately, what I am talking about is creating what’s important to you. if you want to stay home and generate some funds you could use to augment your retirement and shore up your nest egg.
What I am going to show you will do that.
You do not have to be an older worker to do this. You can be young and want to travel and earn an income while you’re on the road, what I am going to show you will do that.
How far could you take that idea?
To start you do not need any money. Just pass on a few basic details and have a good look around for week or so.
You are under no obligation to do anything, and we are not going to bombard you with emails. You might get 3 or 4 over about a month, and if your not interested so be it.
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