When Amanda Liddell had kids she knew she could never go back to being a Police Officer. Being a mother made her feel too vulnerable to deal with domestic violence and child mistreatment. Instead, she wanted to work with women at the peak of their power. So, at the age of 40, she went back to university, sat beside school leavers less than half her age and studied midwifery.
It wasn’t easy. Amanda says 90 percent of the university work was organising her time and the children. She had to get the kids to teach her how to use a computer, put them to bed and then study until midnight.
But she topped her class and now helps bring new life into the world in what she says is the most amazing job in the world.
When Australian women turn fifty they are given two birthday presents from their country; a free mammogram and a bowel screen kit. Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, would like a third gift. A mid-career check-up that will extend their working life and possibly help with a career change like Amanda's.
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In the latest Debrief Daily podcast called ‘Just Between Us’ (which you can listen to here on podcast or here on SoundCloud) we discuss reinventing careers. Susan Ryan (who had her own change from Politician to Publisher to Human Rights Commissioner) told us women need to readjust and reinvent their careers to better negotiate a shifting economy.