Returning to the Workforce in Midlife
Our journey has changed again, and we decided to quit traveling so we could settle down and buy a house. In order to do this, I must go back to work, but I’m finding it difficult to find employment at this stage of my life.
I have a master’s degree which I think helps and hurts me. It hurts me in some jobs I apply for as people think I’m overqualified and they do not give me the time of day as they don’t think I want to work for less pay than I’m worth. What they don’t understand is regardless of my education and background, I still need a job and sometimes we must take jobs that we might be overqualified for, so we can work.
I have over 10 year’s experience working in financial industry jobs involving mortgage companies including processing and closing mortgage loans. My experience consists of both sides in regard to working with title companies and mortgage companies. I feel this gives me an upper hand as I have seen the process on both sides. I also have over five year’s experience working in accounting positions doing everything from account payables, account receivables, journal entries, general ledgers, reconciliations and more.
I’ve had a few interviews and I feel my age screams, “don’t hire her!” On the flip side I’m not so sure it’s my age as the fact that I don’t currently have a job, which has always frustrated me when trying to find employment that employers would rather hire someone who is currently working. I have a good excuse for not working currently and I don’t think that should be used against me. I still have all my experience and I still know how to work regardless of not having had a steady job for the past three years. I just need someone to give me a break and give me a shot.
I won’t be giving up anytime soon as I have goals and dreams and one of those is to own a house again and we will have our house no matter how long it takes to fulfill our goal.