Jane Lockwood had a minor epiphany in 2018. She realised that her age — 54 — had dented her professional self-belief. “I tend to be less confident about going for promotions," she says. "I’ve limited myself [and] thought that the promotions are for the young guys. I’ve always thought about getting my staff up the ladder but lost that aspiration for myself.” The operations manager’s revelation came during a midlife review organised by her employer, UK insurer Aviva. It was part of a pilot scheme for 100 over-45 employees, covering three areas: career, wellbeing and finances. After the high take-up, the company will this year make the review available to all staff over 45. Similar programmes alongside initiatives such as coaching, secondments and sabbaticals may help workers take stock and plan. Increased longevity and pension shortfalls mean that many will be working longer and retiring later. Midlife workers may feel squeezed between juggling work, and caring for children and parent...

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