“Without a job at 60, no one tests me. At interviews I hear people say: 'You're a bit old'”

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“Without a job at 60, no one tests me. At interviews I hear people say: 'You're a bit old'”

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Our editorial team receives letters and testimonials relating to stories concerning the world of work. We decide to publish them not to give a romantic image of sacrifice, but to encourage reflection on the conditions and the great disparity in access to essential services. We invite our readers to write their stories to us by clicking here.

Today we are publishing two letters received by our editorial staff. The first one was signed by a man who is now 64 years old and does not have a job. He says he reinvented himself by looking for other jobs after losing his job in the fishing industry, and continued to interview. But during these conversations he is always forced to deal with his age.

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Similar is the testimony of another person who writes to us, a woman who at over 50 found herself without a job anymore. “For 26 years I worked as a dental assistant, but once my old employer retired and then with the lockdown the problems began”, she says, also underlining the problem of age when turning up for job interviews .

The 64-year-old's letter: “I found myself unemployed after over 30 years of work”

I am 64 years old and have found myself unemployed after over 30 years of working in the fishing industry. I received citizenship income, less than 300 euros because I live alone. Every day I respond to dozens of ads, I've been doing it for a few years now. I tried to readjust and for a few months I found work in porterage and cleaning. When I do interviews I always hear people say at the end: “But you're a bit old…”. My body is there and supports me, but no one ever puts me to the test. A man without a job is just a ball of desperation walking.

“At the end of every job interview they ask you how old you are”

For 26 years I worked as a dental assistant, but once my old employer retired and then with the lockdown the problems started. It's not fair that we 58 year olds aren't helped after so many sacrifices: we've paid taxes, paid a mortgage and at the end of every job interview they ask you how old you are. There is no way we are considered too old to work and too young to retire.

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