As you age, many things begin to change. Your home, health, and even your job start to look a little different. Maybe you have found yourself in need of a new job or career but have no idea where to start. It can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t had to apply for a job in a long time and according to a 2015 study conducted by AARP, seniors over the age of 55 tend to have a harder time looking for a job or getting the same pay as they did at previous jobs. New York seniors have plenty of resources they can turn to in order to aide their search as well as enhance their skills to entice employers to hire them.
It might be confusing figuring out where to start on your job search but the best place to visit is the New York City Department for the Aging. Here you can find services like job placement and training to get you going on your search.
Workforce 1 Career Centers are places where you can go to get training through various workshops and courses as well as career advancement and change opportunities. They have a few different locations around the city so you can find one that is close to you. They also don’t have any eligibility requirements and fees that you have to meet, which make the services free.
You can also look into Senior Employment Services for more opportunities to get job training and placement as well as classroom training and full or part-time placement. You do have to be over 55 and meet a few other requirements to be enrolled in this program, but you can pre-screen and apply here.
If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community while using your career skills, check out ReServe. This group matches professionals 55+ with other companies, groups, and organizations in order to share their talents and experience. It is also a great way to network with other professionals if you decide to change careers later on.
Just because you’re a low-income senior doesn’t mean you can’t gain access to all of these valuable resources. Many of these groups are free and open to the public, but if you’re looking for job training and placement while earning some money you may want to consider Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
SCSEP is a federally-funded program that was created specifically for low-income seniors aged 55 or older. As long as you meet the age and income requirements, you will be placed in a subsidized community service job that aligns with your job goals. If you want to work with children you might be placed as a teacher’s assistant or a child-care worker. If you would rather work in sales, you could be a customer service or sales representative.
While you work in these jobs you will get training as well as a small paycheck and after your training is complete, you will get help with job placement. This program is a great way to earn money, get on the job training, and serve your community.
If you still need more help with your job search or want to get as much career training as possible, you can look at the Business & Career Library in Brooklyn Public Library Services. They have a list of all the different resources placed throughout the community and have public access to computers so you can utilize their services.
Veterans can get job help through the New York Department of Labor and also their local VA offices. Most of these services are free for those who have served our country. If you think that you would like to start your own business and be your own boss, the New York Public Library has an extensive small business resource center and the New York City Small Business Services is another great place to look.
Whether you’re looking for a new job, new career, or need help as an unemployed senior, there are a ton of resources here in New York that can help you find the best job for your skills.
Find assisted living in New York near you.