●Fired at 50 Don’t look back mourning over past glories if you lose your job: a positive reaction to redundancy offers the best chance of adapting and finding work again. Research from the Universities of Surrey and Bath found managers who cope by making sense of their new circumstances can reinvent themselves. “A manager’s psychological response to the trauma of unemployment and particularly the ability to be flexible is the key factor in whether they can turn their situation around or languish in the doldrums,” says Professor David Gray. The two-year study focused on managers who previously held senior, high-earning positions and had lost their positions in “acrimonious circumstances”.

●Job of the week: If you see yourself as a health fanatic, a fresh role trading fruit and veg may be right up your street. Significant experience in soft or agricultural commodity trading is a prerequisite. Details can be found at www.exec-appointments.com

●Non-executive director news: The FT has designed a formally accredited, level 7, post-graduate qualification for new and existing non-executive directors.to equip them for the requirements of the role. Find out more about the Non-Executive Directors Certificate at www.non-execs.com

●Older workers The full scrapping of the default retirement age in October means employers can no longer force employees to retire. Some business leaders have voiced concerns about the logistics of managing an ageing workforce. Mary Clarke, chief executive of Cognisco, says delivering regular employee assessments that test the skills, knowledge and performance of staff at all levels and all ages could help.

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