Life is full of challenges, and the biggest challenge we face is the inevitable process of aging; aging affects all aspects of our lives, especially our means of earning an income.
According to a study conducted by AARP in 2015, unemployed people over age 55 frequently take longer than younger job-seekers to find work. Seniors will also be paid less in their new job, and work fewer hours than younger individuals.
It is possible for seniors to find good jobs, but it will take perseverance, patience, and the use of senior-specific resources to help point you in the right direction. If you’re in need of a new job or want to leave your current one, read on to learn what resources are available in the Austin area to help you.
Workforce50 is a website that offers Austin seniors an easy to search directory of jobs available to job seekers over the age of 50. The search function allows seniors to find jobs in the specialty and geographic location that they’re interested in. You’ll find informative articles and links to valuable resources that can speed you into a new position.
Texas seniors can also take advantage of Experience Works, which offers career training services with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to low-income senior workers in 142 counties in Texas. Experience Works also actively teams with local and public employers to create permanent career opportunities for senior workers who want to get back into the workforce.
Low-income and unemployed Texas seniors can take advantage of The Texas Workforce Commission’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). You can receive up to 20 hours a week of paid on-the-job training. Participants in the training program can be placed with non-profit groups, senior centers, local schools, state or federal agencies, and a variety of public organizations.
Every senior in the program will receive a career assessment, a job training roadmap, and free tutoring if needed. The program goal is to get seniors into a job outside of SCSEP within two years of beginning training. Some of the jobs you can be trained for are retail, classroom aide, and customer service.
U.S. veterans who need work can get priority assistance with job search help at the TWC’s Workforce solution offices. Veterans can also use TWC provided tools to help translate military skills into a civilian occupation.
If you care for a family member full-time, you could get paid the market rate for a caregiver through Texas Medicaid’s Cash and Counseling program, and the VA Aid & Attendance Pension. If there is a long-term care policy, see if there is a provision for paying the immediate family for care.
Use your imagination and think up a service or product that you can provide at a profit. If you possess a valuable skill or have an idea for an important service, parlay that into independent employment. There are many benefits to self-employment, not the least of which is the feeling of controlling your work life, and the freedom to do things your way.
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