It’s not a secret that things change as we age. Changes to the way we look, our body, and our health are common, and so are changes to our employment status and our jobs. In fact, AARP found in a 2015 study that adults ages 55 and up looking for a job share some commonalities. The older adult demographic experiences a longer transition time with finding new employment than younger counterparts, are hired for less money than they made in roles earlier in life, and work less weekly hours in their new position. Luckily, there are a number of resources available for seniors looking for exciting and fulfilling employment opportunities. This guide gives insight into some of the excellent resources available in the Wichita area.
Senior Services of Wichita is well-known for providing dozens of resources to seniors in the community. For seniors looking for an active lifestyle, they offer a free senior employment program. All adults ages 55 and older are eligible, and will complete an initial orientation to participate in the program. The program partners with community businesses seeking mature employees and gives participants referrals to placements that are a good match for your skills.
The program also provides assistance to participants to get you ready to transition into your new job. The program provides staff who can prepare your resume, offer basic computer training, and lead seminars on job skills and employment orientation. They also host weekly job club meetings to offer an opportunity to network with other older adults and employment experts in the area.
The program is one of many conducted at the four senior centers in the area. For more information, or to enroll, call them at 316-267-0302.
Kansas Works sponsors the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) which provides low-income seniors in the Wichita the opportunity to be placed in a work environment and learn new skills that could translate into employment opportunities. The program offers paid on-the-job training to workers ages 55 and up for up to 20 hours per week. For more information, contact the Wichita Workforce Center at 2021 North Amidon, Unit 1100 or give them a call at 316-771-6800.
Workforce Kansas has resources dedicated specifically to veterans services. Staff offer one-on-one assistance with resume building, job searches, and employment referrals. The Wichita Workforce Center is your best point of contact, but there are also staff available at McConnell AFB to offer assistance as well.
If you are providing care to a friend or family member, you may be eligible to receive a caregiver reimbursement. Kansas is one of the states that allows patients to pay their caregivers in a version of a Cash and Counseling -based program, through the VA Aid & Attendance pension, or if they have a long-term care policy with a rider allowing them to do so. Caregivers should check to see if they are eligible for reimbursement.
Starting your own business is also an option. The Wichita district office of the Small Business administration has all the tools you need to start your new venture.
Wichita older adults have a number of resources to assist in finding the right employment opportunity for you.
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