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Question :

Dear Career Doctor,

I have been at senior regional corporate, marketing and circulation managements for a number of international publishing groups in the past 30 years with strong track records. After all, I changed my management career on Montessori children development programs and education supplies with success. 

5 years ago, I again changed my career to focus on teaching for a well-known vocational institution, as the lecturer for Business Administrations and Marketing disciplies.  However, I had to retire last Nov. even though helping the students to win a number of open academic contests. I tried to find part-time teaching jobs in the last 6 months but failed. Couple universities gave me the interviews at which processing quite smoothly. It seems to me that 60 would be the blockade once reaching this topic.

My questions are:
1)  60 at this moment is truly a retirement age without infringement to many organizations, no matter the jobs are FT or PT?
2) Absolutely confident in accepting challenges!  I am very energetic and creative enough to make contributions to both business and social organizations; thanks to my long-term Taiji practice. Do you think my professional career will end at this age level? If not, which industries?
3)  To me, retiremnt is boring, any advice to me on looking for a job. As a matter of fact, compensation package is not the prime consideration.
Look forward to the pleasure of your support and to hearing from your advice soon.

Kind regards, 


Posted by Johnny on Friday, 28 Sep 2012

Comments :

Sharmini Thomas - Career Doctor

Posted Wednesday 17th October 2012 09:48:00 PM


Dear JL, Thanks for your email. There is currently no mandatory age for retirement in Hong Kong, however many professionals at this point of their life and their career choose to focus on enjoying the fruits of their labour rather than continuing to work. However, for those that do carry on working, there is no obvious trend for professionals aged 60 and above being offered more full time work, rather than part time roles or vice versa. You make a very good point that key to a candidate’s success in being selected for a role by an employer is their attitude, motivation, contribution and relevant work experience for the advertised position. However, while companies typically do not restrict their decision to hire a candidate based on age, some roles that may require a great deal of flexibility or physical commitment (i.e. labour, construction, sales representative roles with extensive travel, etc) are the exception. My advice to you is to be positive and focus on finding the right opportunity that suits your needs and the employer’s needs. I would encourage you to focus on applying for positions that are aligned with what you have done recently like teaching, rather than something very different, because you have experience in this area and employers within this field are more likely to be interested in your skill set. Also, spread the word that you are looking for a new position — Hong Kong is a highly networked market and you may find your next role could come from a friend, a past boss, an advertisement in the newspaper or a recruiter. Best of luck with your job search and if you have any more queries, please leave a comment below. Sharmini.


Posted Saturday 13th October 2012 04:37:00 AM


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