What: Self-confidence workshops for mid-life women: ‘How to Feel Fabulous in Your 40s and 50s’
When: Saturday August 26, between 1pm and 3pm
Where: Brisbane: Quest, Kelvin Grove. Bookings can be made through Eventbrite.
Why: Up to 1/3 of Australians have experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Of these, older women face even greater challenges, leading to a loss of self-confidence for the individual, and lost professional expertise for the labour market and economy. Careers coach, Elise Stevens, herself a mid-life career changer, believes more can be done to tackle ageism and is on a mission to help women continue to live full professional and personal lives, regardless of their age.
Brisbane, Queensland: Careers-mentor, Elise Stevens, is using her own mid-life career change to help other older women tackle ageism by overcoming their own self-confidence issues, in a series of workshops starting later this month in Brisbane.
Stevens is a podcaster, author and founder of Age Defying Careers, a careers-coaching service that helps women aged in their 40s and 50s deal with the confidence issues holding them back in their careers and lives.
Ms Stevens, whose own career began as an electrical engineer, has worked with some of Australia’s leading businesses, including Qantas and Coca-Cola Amatil. As she neared 50, she became acutely aware of issues of age discrimination, both professionally and through conversations with friends and family.
“There’s a lot of research now that very clearly shows how common age discrimination is – up to 1/3 of Australian workers say they’ve experienced age discrimination, either in their jobs or while looking for work,” says Ms Stevens.
“It’s even worse for older women when trying to get back into the workforce – that can sometimes take more than a year of job-hunting.
“Add to that the other stressors more common with ageing, including health issues, financial issues and family responsibilities, and mid-life women often find their confidence has taken a direct hit,” she says.
Elise Stevens, who also manages an online community for women aged 40+, will hold her first ‘How to Feel Fabulous in Your 40s and 50s’ workshop Saturday August 26, between 1pm and 3pm at Quest, Kelvin Grove.
This workshop, aimed at mid-life women, will help participants highlight their personal strengths – or, ‘find their Fabulous’, and put together an action plan to address the confidence issues affecting their professional and personal lives.
About Age Defying Careers: Age Defying Careers is a specialty careers consultancy that works with women aged 40 and over to address the confidence issues holding back their careers and lives. Founded by Elise Stevens, herself proudly 50+, Age Defying Careers can be found online at www.agedefyingcareers.com.au.
Elise is available for interview.
Contact her directly, or through C. Beth Anderson Communication.
Confidence coach and careers mentor, Elise Stevens.
Contact: Carla Anderson
C Beth Anderson Communication
Ph: 0488 541 229
Contact: Elise Stevens
Age Defying Careers
Ph: 0433 375 824