Paradigm shift. The +60 are gaining employment ground and are preferred by some companies

Far from a passive life, times have changed for older than 60 years. Unlike past times, when they were considered in retirement from work, today they are active people, full of energy, eager to learn and do. But also, with stability, maturity, experience and time. For all these qualities, the so-called sixties they begin to be looked at with different eyes by the companies.

The paradigm shift can be glimpsed. “Although few companies are still realizing the potential of these profiles, those that did perceive it to be a great goal,” says Alejandro Melamed, consultant and specialist in human resources.

Undoubtedly, some concepts need to be reformulated. “Thirty years ago it was believed that a 60-year-old was ready to retire, but today he is totally vital, mature, balanced, with so much experience in his life that he can contribute a lot of ideas, proposals. He is capable of leading teams, as well as being a mentor or guide for the new generations and can contribute a lot to an organization in every way, ”says the expert.

As head of talent attraction at the Grupo Ceta consultancy, María Julia Daiuto also warns that, suddenly, profiles over 50 and 60 began to be more valued. “We have a particular client who asks us for a retired person for a position that requires too much experience,” he says. LThe preference for face-to-face attendance for this age segment, time availability and technical knowledge They can be pillars when looking for new collaborators.

“On the other hand, at an economic level, this target does not have as many demands, they adapt more to the needs they have and are more flexible in that sense,” says Daiuto. At the other extreme, the youngest, centennials and millennials, are the ones who ask for the most benefits in terms of salary, flexible hours and hybrid work.

Companies detect the advantages of the +60 profiles and prioritize them for strategic positions

At 65 years old, Silvia Wesenack is currently the head of the nursing school at Swiss Medical. “I worked for the company for 25 years and retired in 2017 as the corporate head of nurses. But I practically did not cut the link”, explains Silvia, who after retiring she participated in a project to establish working ties with different nursing schools in order to nurture the prepaid campuses with the best profiles.

Regarding his employment re-contract, he assures: “I think they value all the baggage of knowledge of the company that I have. On the other hand, they always opted for permanent training and saw in me the possibility of continuing to broadcast and collaborate in that aspect”. On a personal level, he considers this moment as an opportunity to deal with issues that, due to the daily nature of the previous dynamic, he could not address. “It is a stage that gives you time to think and plan activities that are favorable for the discipline,” she says.

As in the case of Silvia, For many, retirement comes before the will to retire. These are people with a very high cognitive capacity and with the energy to stay active. In addition, they have a capital of very valuable knowledge for organizations, to which are added experience and a deep understanding of the business culture. “Here there is a bridge between the world of retirement and the world of active work. For example, with a part-time contract, so that they form young teams that do not have the cultural imprint that the organization wants or the technical development”, says Virginia Borrajo, director of talent at the Locht studio.

Those over 60 manage to find even better jobs than the previous ones
Those over 60 manage to find even better jobs than the previous onesTHE NATION

Attentive to these profiles, the mass consumption company Unilever has a program that encourages the employment of older people. “Many years ago in the recruitment area, a different model was defined on how to hire people that, basically, tries to look for certain skills, no matter the role but what each project needs,” says Silvina D’Onofrio, talent manager for the Southern Cone of the company. In this reformulation of the searches and for a specific project, they saw the opportunity in a social and age group that was not taken into account.

“We sought to attract them to see if they could be part of our talent ecosystem and we launched the sixties, that changed many paradigms for us, especially about whether at that age there were going to be people who were interested in returning to the labor market. We were really surprised, we met people with a lot of energy, who have time on their hands. In addition, there are very professional profiles who understand how a company works and the most important thing is that they want to learn. While the project is not active right now, in this skill hunt we go back to that base of over 2,500 people who applied all the time,” he explains.

Companies no longer focus only on young people when hiring new employees
Companies no longer focus only on young people when hiring new employees

“Actually, I thought it was going to be difficult to get a job, that between me and a 20-year-old boy, I wasn’t going to stand a chance.” says Jorge Luis Cantini, 65, a systems graduate, who managed to reenter the workforce and today works remotely from his home in Villa Urquiza. Until 2004, Jorge worked in that area for different companies, even outside the country, in Stockholm, Barcelona and Mexico City. “Then I decided to dedicate myself to something that had always excited me, gastronomy. I took a chef course and put a catering company with which I worked for 15 years until everything ended with the pandemic, ”he recalls.

At 65, Jorge Luis Cantini develops web pages and highlights that there is no age to be a good programmer
At 65, Jorge Luis Cantini develops web pages and highlights that there is no age to be a good programmerTHE NATION

The turn came in January 2021, a day that I was reading an article in the newspaper about careers with the greatest job prospects. “They mentioned a company that allowed you get training and pay when you got a jobwhich was important to me because I had little income at the time,” he says. She was encouraged to take the course Web developer and as soon as it ended, last December, it turned out selected by a Colombian company that provides developments to clients in the United States. “In programming, age doesn’t matter, you’re worth what you know. But I think it also depends on the attitude, how you present yourself and how you speak in an interview”, adds Jorge.

Like him, many others found an opportunity at Henry, an academy that trains programmers, who pay for the course when they get their first job. Luz Borchardt, co-founder, does not hesitate to ensure that companies today look for technical and soft skills that go beyond the age of the candidates. “Mostly the sixties They are people who already have previous experience, which makes them more complete professionals because they have other capacities. But companies are increasingly taking care of adding these profiles not only for the extra seasoning they provide, but to have more diverse teams that they reach more diverse solutions for society”, he adds.

The experience of Marcelo Spagnuolo, 58, from Córdoba, also shows that it is never too late. “I worked almost all my life in the real estate sector. As I was always interested in computing, I began to take the web developer course. I didn’t know if they were going to take me at my age, but I decided to prepare myself”, he recounts. As soon as he finished his training, he got a job, first in a company in Buenos Aires, then in a Chilean one and today he works in a Uruguayan one, dedicated to the purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies, where he deals with the development of an application for cell phones.

Marisa Pascal, from Marcos Paz, was encouraged to make the leap at 53. “I had been working as an administrative employee for 11 years with a bad experience, because state work is quite mediocre and I like to study, learn and improve myself,” she says. . Looking for an alternative to resolve issues in her personal life, she decided to study programming. To her surprise, she was able to quit her old job and today works for a Chilean mortgage company. “Professionally, it is the most important step I have taken in my life., I never had these economic possibilities”, concludes.

Marisa Pascal works for a Chilean mortgage company and is happy with her current job
Marisa Pascal works for a Chilean mortgage company and is happy with her current job

In tune with these advances, diversity and inclusion are redefined in organizations. “Many think that this is only a question of gender or sexual orientation, and I think that diversity and age inclusion is an issue that will weigh more and more,” says Melamed, author of The future of work has arrived. “We are going to live many more years, the retirement and pension systems are going to explode into the air, not only in Argentina but throughout the world. They were designed globally for a time when most people worked and very few retired, but today this is reversed, “he says. According to the specialist, we are going to have to consider the possibility of working for more years and in very different jobs.

Collecting a pension and receiving a salary for a job is less and less atypical. There are no impediments to maintaining both incomes. People who have already retired cannot work in public bodies, but they can in private companies or on their own. One of the requirements is that they must make a contribution of 11% of their salary to the National Employment Fund.

The signs are already outlined. Little by little, and with experiences such as rehiring, counseling or reinsertion, the labor market opens up a range of opportunities to those over 60, who project a full life.

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