Deepa Sahay, 53, was used to being a busybody all her life, and suddenly, she had a lot of time to spare. Her son had left for the US for his new job, and her daughter was well settled in her home and work many cities away. Having spent most of her youth and adult life taking care of her husband and children and keeping busy with their schedules, Deepa did not know what to do with all the time she had now. She had never worked out of home, and was not sure what special talents she had besides the day-to-day home administration. Then, at a social gathering, a friend mentioned a new art gallery he was opening, and said that he was looking for an organised and trustworthy person to manage it. Deepa, though uncertain, thought this was up her alley, and asked if she would qualify. Thus began a new innings for her; after 30 years as a homemaker, she started using her talents in newer ways.
Like Deepa, there are many women who wonder what to do with their lives next. Some may be working and wish to explore different avenues; others may have time at hand after children have left home.
The enormity of starting something new at 50 can be quite overwhelming, especially in this youth-obsessed world. Millionaires are in their 20s, and technology is moving faster than most of us can catch up with. So what kind of work opportunities are available for those in their 50s and above?
Be it your first time into the job world or starting afresh, while there are fewer options for women over 50, there are still plenty to go around. Here are some of the fields you can explore:
There is no dearth for work opportunities for women wanting to start over. Women I know, well into their fifties and older, contributed with many more ideas. One has a booming chocolate business which she operates from home, while another makes knitted articles like bags, tea cosies, table placements and more through the year, and then exhibits them during the festive season, making a thriving sale. An aunt of mine chanced upon a pottery class, and now has a beautiful shop selling handmade ceramic pieces. All of these women have proved time and again that it doesn’t matter how old you are; after all, age is just a number.
This article was first published on Sheroes.in.