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Back to work after a 17-year career-break: ask the expert

Back to work after a 17-year career-break: ask the expert

 I am 50 yrs old with two teenagers.  I gave up working when I had the kids, almost 17 yrs ago now.  I worked as a legal secretary then.  Would like to start work again but my confidence etc is lacking big time and I feel my skills would be so out of date by now no one would want to employ a 50 yr old.  TBH I don't really want to do secretarial again anyhow.  I absolutely adore animals.  Is there anywhere, at my age, I could start a new career within the animal world or do you have any other ideas what I might do?

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Nervous about interviews after career break: ask the expert

Nervous about interviews after career break: ask the expert

I am thinking about going back to work after 12 years - I didn't want anyone else bringing my kids up - and have just turned 50. I know I am quite capable of picking up the work reins again but it's the interview that I'm scared of! I won't put myself across well, my mouth will go dry and I can't speak! What to do?

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Changes in job after return from adoption leave: ask the expert

Changes in job after return from adoption leave: ask the expert

I am returning to work after taking 12 months' adoption leave. When I left my hours of work were between 8 & 5pm. I recently had a meeting with my manager in which this was now likely to be between 7.30 & 8pm. I have since queried this to which her email response now states 7.30 & 10pm. This in effect would not enable me to return to work due to childcare pick up and drop off. To top this off the role itself has diminished as aspects will now be done by a different department. Where do I stand with these new changes?

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Self-employed and pregnant. What are my rights?: ask the expert

Self-employed and pregnant. What are my rights?: ask the expert

I have been a self employed agent with a company from earlier this year and have signed a yearly contract with them starting from that date. I have found out that I am pregnant and the baby is due in the autumn. I haven't told my principal yet as I am waiting on scan and test results coming back. I know I will be entitled to Maternity Allowance, but I would like to know what my rights are regarding my contract as I am fit and healthy and wish to continue working right up to my due date and returning after minimum maternity leave. Do the company need to keep me on? Will they still pay my commission during my maternity leave and also do they have to keep the position open for me to return after the baby? 

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Job taken away on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

Job taken away on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

I have just gone back to work five days ago after additional maternity leave and found out my job is no longer available for me, and from office job as a clerk they moved me to a warehouse job, stocktaking. My old job is no longer a full-time job and somebody else is doing in the meantime in addition to other duties. However, I asked a while ago for a part-time job and they told me it was a full-time job. I feel so upset. If I had known all this, I wouldn't have come back from my maternity. Should they have let me know about changes before I started or is it right to tell me on my second day back at work?

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