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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!
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.
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.
I have had a shaky 3 to 4 years of work. My jobs have had lay offs and then I got into HR and went to another company for a director of management position. However it was a horrible company and I found another job in admissions, this was a step down but with better pay. However the hours are 9 to 6 and 11-8 on 2 days out of the week and some Saturdays. I have 3 children and my dad just had a stroke and will have to come live with me and I would need a job with better hours and great pay. I have my MBA but companies are not calling me back for interviews probably because I have job hopped. Any suggestions?
Hi - I recently left my job and became pregnant. I am 12 weeks pregnant and job hunting. Its possible that I will have a couple of job offers in the next month. At what point in the interview/offer process do I tell an employer that I'm pregnant? Are there companies that will hold my job during maternity leave even though I won't qualify for FMLA? I'm also concerned with affecting a new relationship with an employer by revealing that I will be going on leave in six months. Has anyone else experienced this? Looking for facts and words of encouragement!
I am feeling very frustrated & disheartened & hoping someone can offer some advice. I have been laid off since November (still). I had a free consultation call with a master resume writer who said I need to overhaul my LinkedIn profile, my resume, do a biography to summarize my education/work so I can switch industries. She also recommended a valuation letter all for close to $3000. She explained that only 15% of people applying online ever land the job which is a dismal reality I seem to be a part of. Apparently, I need to find the hiring manager for any posted job I am interested in & connect with that person. Ok great--but sometimes that person is 2 levels deep in a company so how do I go about that? Rarely is the hiring manager the person posting the job or receiving the resume. My unemployment is running out, I am still paying law school loans & cannot justify paying close to $3000 at this time for a resume/brand overhaul that may or may not work. I was contacted for a part-time job as a travel clerk for $10/hour with no benefits. Is this where we are now in the employment arena? If so why would anyone who sees my struggles want to get a college education? My mom is suggesting I return to school but since I've reached 6 figures in student loans for my law degree I don't see any value to adding another degree. I know networking is the best route but here in Michigan networking consists of paying to attend an association's seminar, workshop, etc... I know there is going to be some who think that the investment in the resume/brand, seminars, events, etc... will pay off but there are some, like me, who are still struggling to get on their feet from the recession fall-out. Are there any suggestions or mentors who can suggest a website or group where mentors are able to help for free? Like a certain talk-show host says at the end of her show...."Be kind to one another".
Hi. I have been an Executive Assistant, or some other assistant/operations person for over 30 years. After losing my job of many years due to restructuring, I am looking for a permanent position. I feel as though assistant positions are on the way out, given anecdotal evidence by other assistants as well as executives I've spoken to. Please note that I am in pursuit of my bachelor's, but it is not yet completed. Apparently 30 years of experience doesn't mean anything if I don't have a degree. I've been told that it is recognized that I am intelligent and eager to learn pretty much anything (as well as easy to work with) so do not pigeon-hole myself into going after assistant roles, but I don't know what else I should look into or other keywords to use when searching for positions. Does anyone have any guidance on what kinds of jobs are out there?
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