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Google and AARP Team Up To Help Senior Adult Workers 50+ Build Digital Skills

February 15, 2022

by Michael Yublosky

As Zave Smith, co-founder of xBound proclaims in the above video…

“You’ve spent decades growing your career – learning, teaching, helping organizations build for tomorrow. Now even if you’re retired or partly retired you have something special to offer. Whether it is as a freelancer or part-time or a volunteer. Organizations out there need your expertise whatever it might be.”

But old skills alone may not cut it in today’s digital world. More and more businesses shifted from actual workplaces to virtual workplaces since the onset of the pandemic over two years ago. This trend will undoubtedly continue for many businesses.

The new work normal has also raised the need for senior adult workers to elevate their online skill levels. Many adults must improve their digital skills to compete for jobs that are available now and in the future. Video conferencing, networking and using productivity suites are a few of those needed skills.

To help combat that deficiency AARP® Foundation announced in late January they had received a grant of $10 million from Google. The article was entitled “AARP Foundation Gets Grant to Help Older Adults Build Digital Skills”.

The AARP® article cites a 2021 report from the Urban Institute that discusses large gaps of digital skills in many occupations. “The gaps are particularly large among clerical support workers; business and administrative professionals; and legal, social and cultural professionals. Among older Americans, the skills of people of color tend to lag behind those of white people, women tend to have less-advanced skills than men, and rural residents tend to have less-advanced skills than urban dwellers.”

Hopefully, these funds will allow AARP® Foundation to close some of these gaps and help lower-income people gain better technology skills. The Digital Skills Ready@50+ initiative of the AARP®

Foundation will collaborate with OATS (mentioned above) starting next month. It expands to eight states over the next two years and future plans include expanding nationally after they create a scalable model.

I can personally attest to the gaps senior adults 50+ have in using digital technology. In April 2020 my wife and I migrated our senior group from face-to-face group meetings to online Zoom meetings. We were both amazed at the lack of basic knowledge we witnessed. Since then we have been teaching and mentoring senior adults on technology.

We teach senior adults 50+ classes and also do individual mentoring. In fact, we are aligned with Senior Planet from AARP®, a platform that offers free classes and events for people age 60 and over. We teach a ‘WACI’ Mondays class which covers Windows, Android, Computers and Internet questions and applications (programs). Senior Planet is a part of Oats (Older Adults Technology Services) from AARP®.

Michael Yublosky
Michael Yublosky is truly an xBound success story. Yublosky specializes in LinkedIn and internet marketing and works on a part-time basis to stay current and relevant. He helps senior adults and small businesses establish their unique brand, identify target markets and keywords, differentiate themselves and develop professional strategies and tactics to engage with prospective employers or clients. He also teaches senior adults how to enhance their technology and computer skills to better adapt to current demands. Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.
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