We are in a time of ever-changing technology. Many older adults need to keep working, even after retirement, to make ends meet. Others want a job because they want the challenge or need to fill up time. If this is you, then this may be a good time to brush up on your career skills. In today’s job market, new versions and new updates for technology, software, and equipment are produced at lightning speed. Given this swift pace for change and development, it’s easy to feel like you may not be able to keep up. You may ask yourself, “Will I measure up to the competition?” Thus, we’ve gathered 11 resources to help equip you with the skills, and information that will help you succeed in your job search.
Check out these tips and services where you can access individualized counseling to help you thrive in today’s job market.
Training for basic level skills:
- (National) – Basic job skills training for older adults available nationally from the federally funded Senior Community Service Employment Program.
- (National) Use the Older Worker Program Finder to locate employment services for low-income, unemployed older adults.
- (DC) – Get free GED (high school diploma) training, and basic job skills for DC residents available from Academy of Hope.
- (MD) Get access to a career counselor, workshops for landing a federal job, literacy and aptitude testing, in-demand training, and more via WorkSource Montgomery.
Training for specialized level skills:
- (National) – Get access to online training programs in accounting, coding, Microsoft Office, and more on the National Council on Aging’s Economic Checkup training site.
- (DC, MD, VA) Access free training in hospitality, security, medical office assistant, and more for eligible participants via Goodwill of Greater Washington.
- (DC) Get hospitality training, culinary arts training, and more available from UPO’s Workforce Institute.
- (DC) Access training in healthcare, childhood education, information technology, and more available from University of DC’s Division of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning.
- (MD) – Montgomery College’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education program offers training (and scholarships) in a variety of fields including business, healthcare, hospitality, and more.
- (MD) – Prince George’s Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education offers training (and scholarships) in a variety of fields including healthcare, real estate, office technology, and more.
- (VA) – Find statewide training programs and financial aid via the Virginia Workforce Connection.