Confidence at work - but not until you hit 37
Arthur Dent, hapless hero of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, believed that 42 was the answer to "life, the universe, and everything." But perhaps not quite everything. According to a survey by YouGov, the average at which people feel totally confident and comfortable about their skills at work is 37 - after 30,000 hours in the job .... You'd like to think that they'd got it right by then.
And, more depressing still, we are unlikely to feel fulfilled at work until we hit 50. But, on a more positive note, it seems that Britain's oldies are now more entrepreneurial than ever. So much so that a new word has been coined to describe them - olderpreneurs.
According to the survey,
- 85% of the population do not intend to stop work altogether post retirement age
- 33% want to continue in full-time work post retirement age
- 31% want to carry on in a similar role but on their own terms
- 8% want to start a business in retirement
Commenting on the findings, John Lawson of financial services organisation Standard Life said: " People do not get old like they used to. The Baby Boomers started a trend for redefining what is effectively their 'third age', and these findings point to a continued trend for re-writin the rule book for younger generations."
What they've failed to point out is that, these days, few of us can afford to stop work post-retirement.