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Re-entering the workforce

Hi all,
I am mid 50's with an AA, and 20+ years experience in tech support and customer service. I have worked for large companies such as Starbucks corporate in Seattle and smaller businesses such as myself. I provide in home computer support - mostly setups, upgrades, virus elimination, etc. But I also provide tutoring to senior citizens on using electronic devices (home computers, printers, tablets, smartphones). I absolutely LOVE what I do and have been doing this for about 5 years, but I'm looking to get back into a corporate and structured setting. I feel as though the senior community is an enormous demographic of people that are being overlooked when it comes to technology and I want to reach as many seniors as possible to show them how they can use technology to their advantage and how it can enhance their daily activities such as general communication with others via social media, video chat, texting, etc. Can anyone recommend a company (companies) that are investing their time and resources in enhancing the lives of seniors through technology? So many companies are so "young" and there are so many seniors that are going back to work either out of necessity or boredom and they don't have the technological skills needed, thus forcing them into positions in which may not be gratifying. I am so passionate about teaching basic to intermediate computer skills to our seniors because the need and the desire is there. Any feedback is welcome. This is my first post. Thank you!

survivingmenopause

  • Two communities in our area have each given grants to the local high school for a "Senior Genius Bar" program, which takes place after school on Fridays. Seniors can come for tech support and help with their devices, and the kids get their community service hours. There are also many classes taught at our local community center, which has a specific segment of classes and social activities for seniors. Your idea sounds great, perhaps you could find grant money to start your own program, and house it at a local community center or school with a computer lab to begin with.

  • I too have the same problem and I have a BS degree. I am advocating for companies to hire more IT professionals in their 50's-60's. After all the government says there is a shortage of approximately 200,000 cyber security jobs.
    Why not us? I keep petitioning the DHS and NIST. If more people in our age group did the same, maybe just maybe we could get their attention.

  • Hi,
    If you have not all ready done so, consider reaching out to your state's AARP office and / or main corporate. This organization is known for inspiring folks to jump-start opportunities after 50 and always welcome great ideas like you've described..

    Also try MeetUp for clubs catering to this segment or if you desire, the platform offers the chance to form your own. You might also try approaching directors at the United Way or local community centers in your area. You're savvy, I'm sure some agreement might be worked out given your skills.

    Hope this helps and please share your progress / development of this fabulous idea.

    Best,
    MLR

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