New Skills Training For Senior Adult Workers 50+ Pays Off
May 3, 2022
by Michael Yublosky
An article from AARP caught my eye late last week. It was entitled “Older Workers Are Learning New Skills Online, AARP Survey Finds.” According to an AARP Research survey many senior adults 50+ have been looking to increase their chances of landing new jobs.
Over the past two years many senior adults have taken training programs and online classes to ratchet up their personal skills while capitalizing on COVID restrictions and stay-at-home guidelines. Hopefully their efforts to add new skills will allow them to stay more competitive in the current job market.
Karina Hertz, director of strategic communications for AARP Work & Jobs, was quoted in the article. She said: “… acquiring or refreshing the in-demand skills that recruiters are after is especially important for older workers.” New skills will demonstrate that these senior adults can remain current in their fields. It also re-enforces the benefits to lifetime learning.
Some programs are offered by companies and employers while others are sought out and completed on the senior adults’ own initiatives. Learning more about computers and technology were near the top of the list as one of the most popular skills desired.
We recently published a new resource page U.S. Government which can lead you to educational opportunities and skill training.
Some other sources include:
LinkedIn Learning classes are available free of charge through local libraries. They let you “Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts.”
Coursera offers some free online courses.
AARP Skills Builder for Work offers a FREE course to get started and get special discounts on all other courses offered by MindEdge Learning. Plus AARP members get even bigger discounts.
Take the next step and increase your skills to improve your opportunity to land a new job.