If you want to work in your senior years, you may see another change in your life with the job market. A 2015 AARP study found people aged 55 and older take more time to get a job than younger people, make less income than they previously did, and don’t work as many hours. You may need more time to find a senior-friendly job. You may also have to add more skills to your resume or get some career guidance. Below are some resources both in Fort Wayne and online to help you find a workplace suited for seniors.
WorkOne Indiana helps Indiana residents search for a job, get the necessary training, explore careers, find jobs in demand, and create a resume. They also offer senior-specific employment and services.
The AARP Foundation specializes in services to help seniors find employment. You can find valuable resources on AARP Foundation’s website including how to search for a job, using the Internet and social media, applying for jobs, preparing for an interview, and accepting a position.
Allen County Public Library offers a career information series to help you with your search for a new job whether or not you want to change fields or just find the right job in your life now.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers low-income seniors over 55 training to secure a new job. This program helps seniors work with local non-profit agencies, government organizations, area schools, senior centers, and libraries to help improve skills and gain experience. Participants of this program are paid at least Federal minimum wage and work an average of 20 hours per week.
The program provides each participant a career assessment, training planning, and any tutoring needed. The goal is to get seniors jobs outside of the SCSEP within a year of training to careers such customer service, child care provider, retail associate, and other positions.
You can find more information on AARP Foundation’s website. You can contact a local SCSEP office in Merrillville at 219.980.2723.
WorkOne Veteran Service provides veterans and spouses employment assistance by offering job search workshops, job market information, resume assistance, and career guidance with a counselor.
If you care for a family member, you may be eligible to be paid the going market rate for your caregiving through programs such as Cash and Counseling and the VA Aid & Attendance Pensions. Long-term care insurance policies will also pay family members as they would pay other health care aides with certain criteria.
If you have ever wanted to own a business, now may be the time to be your boss. The Small Business Administration Indiana District Office provides numerous resources to help you begin your venture whether it’s a large or small business. You can find information on funding, creating a business plan, managing your business, and more.
There are numerous resources in Fort Wayne and online to help you get the training, support, and guidance you need to find your senior-friendly career.
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