Get Free Job Training And Sharpen Your Skills
The one thing that has the largest impact on your finances is having a great job. You may already have a great career and have no need to consider making a change. But if you have been laid off, or if you can see that your current job is not providing the income, benefits or personal reward you want, getting free job training or breaking into a new market may be the answer.
One challenge that faces older job applicants is that employers are often concerned that older workers are set in their ways and aren’t eager or trained on technology.
Preparing yourself with on the job training in the field you want to enter will help you get trained and up to speed when the right position opens up and possibly will smooth the way for a position in the company where you are training.
Here are some great ideas of how to get into on the job training situations.
Explore internship and returnship opportunities.
Take a tip from De Niro. Internships and returnships (jobs for people who’ve taken a career break, often to raise a family) can fill a gap in your résumé, and employers like them because they can test out prospective employees before committing.
If you sense a hiring manager is interested in giving you a job but waffling because you’ve been out of work or are making a career shift, consider asking whether you could have an internship, so the employer can appraise you after several weeks…
Take on a part-time job in the field of your dreams.
To get a feel for what a new career will really be like, get a part-time job in the field that interests you. (Try moonlighting if you’re currently working.)
If you’re interested in teaching, you could offer to guest lecture at a nearby college. Even if you have to do the job for free, it’s probably still worth your time so you can make sure this is what you really want.
Get started as a volunteer at a nonprofit.
This unpaid work can help you build the skills you need. Search for prospects through sites like AARP’s Giving Back, Create the Good, HandsOnNetwork and VolunteerMatch.org.
If you’re good with numbers, look into the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, where volunteers help lower-income seniors do their taxes. It’s a great way to improve your tech skills, since the tax prep is done on a computer.
Seek out nonprofits that need your particular professional expertise through the Executive Service Corps and Taproot Foundation. Also, Idealist has a searchable database of both volunteer and paid positions.
Gain experience through contract gigs.
Consider taking a contract job that can lead to a full-time post or that gives you the ability to weave together a patchwork of jobs in the Me Inc. mode. After you get in the door, you can make the job your own and grow the position to fit your talents. – Next Avenue
Are There Really Jobs For Workers Over 50? You Bet!
Even though it’s not a walk in the park to get a new job when you’re over 50, things are looking up.
Here is a look at what the job prospects look like and why it’s time to get out there and blaze a new trail for yourself!
More companies are recognizing the value of mature workers—and they’re starting to hire them.
Things are finally looking up for older workers.
The latest data show the unemployment rate for those over age 55 stands at just 3.6%, compared with 5% for the total population and a steep 16.4% for teens. The ranks of the long-term unemployed, which ballooned during the recession as mature workers lost their jobs, are coming down. Age-discrimination charges have fallen for six consecutive years. And now, as the job market lurches back to life, more companies are wooing the silver set with formal retraining programs…
…What’s more, older Americans are defying myths about an aging workforce: Boomers are better educated and healthier than their parents and are able to work longer in retirement, thanks to the service-dominated economy.
AARP and others have long argued that older workers are reliable, flexible, experienced and possess valuable institutional knowledge. Increasingly, employers seem to want these traits. Even Hollywood’s taken notice of boomers reentering the workforce: One of the last year’s biggest films, “The Intern,” focused on a septuagenarian played by Robert De Niro whose experience and life skills helped turn around the business run by wunderkind Anne Hathaway.
Last year, the global bank Barclays expanded its apprenticeship program and began looking at candidates past age 50. The bank said it would consider mature workers from unrelated fields, and that the only experience they need is practical experience. The bank said this was no PR stunt; it values older workers who have life experience and can better relate to customers seeking a mortgage or auto loan. With training, the bank believes they would make good, full-time, fairly compensated loan officers. – Time – Money
Have you ever thought of starting a second career?