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Encore Careers Help Older Workers to Take on a Second Act

It is said that the Depression-era generation was the greatest generation. While that is probably true, Baby Boomers, who range between the ages of 55 and 75, aren't ready to throw in the towel quite yet. In fact, many retired "Boomers" are taking a second act and getting back to work. If you look around, you will see that we still have familiar faces in Atlanta who are past retirement age reporting our news each day. Why? Work ethic—Boomers simply enjoy working and with 76 million in the U.S., there is no shortage of them. 

Many business owners are losing boomers to retirement these days or older employees are being forced into retirement for one reason or another. When this happens, Human Resources is left trying to fill the talent gaps with young talent or new hires who do not possess the knowledge and years of training the boomers had. But this could present a positive solution for employers to look at hiring those seeking an encore career or they could keep the boomers who want to retire and offer them less hours or approach them with the idea of taking on the role of training or consulting with your new hires. There is just something to be said about "old-school" working with young talent: it's a perfect match. 

 With the present economy on the upswing, the market is good right now and people who exited the workplace want back in. Boomers aren't old, have plenty of years before them, and have a lot to offer any company. Besides, the work ethic is fantastic in that generation. But what if boomers want to try something new. Something other than what they have done over the past twenty to thirty years of their lives? No one really wants to go back to college for four years after working all their lives, but there are options.

There are programs designed for encore careers that can help to reskill older workers and keep them working. AARP offers a tuition scholarship program for older workers; Pace University offers an Encore Transition Program; and embraces older workers who are interested in giving back by working with non-profit organizations. Retirement gives you the flexibility to explore certificate programs at your local universities, or trade centers as well as signing up at a local non-profit organization.

Consult with a local Human Resources company such as Stellaris Group in Roswell, Georgia. They have access to numerous organizations and businesses in need of talented workers who have so much to offer and they know how to assess and fill in talent gaps for companies of all sizes. As an HR Management company, Stellaris Group offers a la carte services or full-scale HR services, based on your company's needs. As with any age, any job, the only way to successfully find what you are looking for is to go after it full time, take some time to educate yourself and network, network, network!

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