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Too old ?
posted on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:40

Dear Doctor,

I am in my mid-40s, with ACCA, MBA & over 20 years of commercial (mostly managerial) experience but with no PRC exposure.

I am recently unemployed and find I could hardly find a vacancy matched as most of them required PRC / banking / insurance / listed co. experience.

I don't mind to get these experience from junior post like accountant or whatever and cutting half of my current salary. I just afraid my age is too old to compete these job.

Would it be more easier to can these type of job through headhunter. As I think the recruiter will simply throw away my CV with their first glance of my date of birth.

And what do you think about a even lower position that may be introduced by a friend ?

So what should I do ?

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Broken Dream
Posted Wednesday, 16 January 2013 01:07 AM

Age is a problem. Not only in Hong Kong. It is hard for older middle age people to find jobs in the whole world. What can an 50 years old IT guy do in Hong Kong?

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Ezekiel HUNG
Posted Thursday, 25 October 2012 02:40 AM

Aging is human dilemma, however, I truely believed that some of the aged are still healthy and energetic. I suppose CY (our CE) should initiate to do something for those minority as we have only one CE who could find an excellent job at 60. These age people are experienced and useful to the society, why not employers give them a chance to try which might discover a fortune who never know.

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Louis Chiu
Posted Thursday, 14 June 2012 06:35 AM

I absolutely agreed with KK's comment on June 4. It is truly tough for any middle aged worker to find work in HK except if one is interested in servicing industry. I experienced this difficulty first hand myself last December to this May as I decided to go home and look after my ailing mother while looking for a job at the same time so I asked my firm in Canada to grant me 6 months LOA which I thought should be sufficient to land an entry level position in the brokerage sector or investment banking side of business
in Hong Kong. But little did I expect it has been this difficult for many middle aged workers like us to find comparable job in HK. During these 6 months, I only had 3 interviews and they are all from local insurance/MPF companies.

I need advice from anyone who is kind enough to share with me. I am in my early 50s and I have been employed with the largest brokerage in Canada/USA, I have a BSc/BA from Canada and MSc in Financial Management from U of London, UK and professional licenses from Canada. I like to return to HK in 2013 and I need to re-plan now. How should I go about this time around so I won't be frustrated or end up being disappointed again. Or perhaps take on any menial labour jobs in order to survive.

Thank You.

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Posted Monday, 04 June 2012 05:49 PM

I just discovered this Career Doctor last year. when I read Fruit Punch and LB's message, I do have a strong feeling and agreed with them. I have worked in a listed Company for almost 15 years as a Manager. But unfortunately, due to change of top management, I was removed in Oct 2011, I am very scared now as I wrote almost 200 letters, only have 3 feedback for an interview but failed finally. My education background is not competitive at all especially nowadays. I don't have an University degree. I will turn 50 this year in Oct. I am very scared now. As it seems that it is very hard to find a manager job if no degree and at this age. Even I have a very well working experience. My money is almost used up. I really need a job. So I am now trying to change the field but it seems quite hard, but I will not give up as what Alfred's message. Taking this opportunity, I would like to request all of the Employers, Be a fair employer, please give the old age group a chance and don't discriminate on age. Our worth is working experience.

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Posted Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:28 PM

I agree with that age or sex discrimination truly exists in the labour market. But, never give up, every 40s or 50s mature accountants try to adapt to different types of jobs or government or NGOs. Or, try to collaborate with some friends and colleagues to start a business in long term for our second career before retirement.

Never give up and try to adapt to a highly competitive environment with more marketing ourselves at every right timing against right prospect.


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Fruit Punch
Posted Thursday, 22 December 2011 04:31 PM

I feel a bit of sadness to read over so many response airing from late 40's and 50's. I am also at the early 50's, possessing senior management experience at a Chief Executive capacity, however due to radical power struggle between directors, I was removed and a friend of some directors replaced my position. During the job seeking process, I deeply felt the age discrimation and currently I am working as a HR Manager in a private company. Restarting from a middle level position is so sad as room for achievement is so limited. However I will do my utmost in my capacity and wish one day I will be back to senior management post. To all late 40's and 50's, never give up your dream and always look forward to your target. I believe your efforts devote today will be the great value in tomorrow.

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Anne Lau
Posted Wednesday, 21 September 2011 08:31 PM

Be confident as you're a professional!

My case is much worse ... as a matured-student with a BA & MA, in my late 40's, still can't find a stable full time job with decent pay! Only got a part time job with low salary (the hourly-rate is high but work amount is low), some occasional freelance job ... any advice? Many thanks!


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Posted Wednesday, 13 July 2011 09:22 PM

I suppose you need a job to earn your daily bread. As you don't seems to mind taking up a more junior position, I think this is the only way out. The age discrimination issue cannot be solved. As least you mentioned that someone could refer you to a potential employer, as this is definitely a way out. Go for it first and also wait for something to come up with the agents. (I am also going through your problem but don't have any referral opportunities.)

Anonymous's picture
Posted Monday, 21 February 2011 07:18 PM

CAn a foreign student graduating from HK university with no chinese find a job in HK?

Anonymous's picture
Posted Sunday, 07 November 2010 05:56 PM

Overseas assignments, project finance, risk management, treasury, merger and acquisition, accounting policies and standards, electronic B2B practitioners ??

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