More Baby Boomers are looking to supplement their retirement income with a part-time job, but how difficult is it to find senior-friendly workplaces in Charlotte? If it has been a long time since you were in the workforce, you may feel uncertain about taking on a new job, or even a new career. Charlotte offers programs to help you get back into the workforce with the skills in demand today.
Workforce50 is a career site to help retirees find new work in Charlotte. You can search the database for jobs or narrow your search to see the site’s favorite age-friendly employers. This includes employers in education, health care, government, insurance, and other industries hiring within the state.
You can also subscribe to job alerts as well as the site’s blog to stay informed on laws that affect seniors, job fair announcements, and career advice. The Workforce50 Library is full of articles on topics like resume writing, job transition, personal finance, finding a purpose, and other tips to make working in your Golden Years easier.
If it’s been a while since you worked outside of the home and are on a limited income, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services can help. The SCSEP is administered by four national contractors and the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS). It is available in 98 counties in North Carolina.
With SCSEP, you will receive training along with learning new skills such as creating a resume, computer classes, interviewing skills, and qualifying job prospects. The Digital Inclusion Initiative helped more than 26,000 seniors learn the necessary computer skills needed in today’s marketplace. The program currently uses Generations Online to educate and train seniors about computers.
Computer classes aren’t the only training you will receive. Some older bilingual adults find fulfillment completing classroom and on-the-job training in order to become certified community interpreters. Other older adults receive training to start completely new careers.
You may be eligible for SCSEP if you are at least 55 years old, an unemployed resident of North Carolina, and have an income at 125 percent of the poverty level or below. You can learn more by contacting your local SCSEP provider.
You can also earn an income caring for aging friends and relatives. The VA Aid and Attendance benefit may pay you for caring for a veteran. There are also Cash and Counseling Programs available. These programs allow family members, including adult children or spouses, to earn an income from caregiving. Check with your local Medicaid office to see if you and your circumstance qualify for the program as most of these programs are available through a Medicaid HCBS Waiver.
A city as large as Charlotte offers plenty of senior-friendly workplaces and paid on-the-job training. Contact your local SCSEP provider to see if you qualify or use Workforce50’s database to find a new job today.
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