Encore Career Search Strategies: Helping Your Patrons Find Their Way to Meaningful Work
Thursday, August 25th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
Competency: Adult and Older Adult Services
Sub-Category: Determines the particular needs of each target audience and designs a variety of programs and services appropriate to them
Job and career search strategies have changed dramatically in just the past few years. Developments in technology affect anyone who is entering the job market, both in terms of challenges and opportunities. The process can be particularly daunting for older job seekers who are interested in a second or "encore" career because of a desire or need to work. *
As library staff it can be very rewarding to help your patrons on the challenging path of (re)entering the job market as a “mature worker.” We can help older patrons compete successfully for jobs by steering them toward resources that match their needs, and by helping them find (economical) ways to develop new job search skill. This webinar will give you information and resources to help patrons bridge the gap in knowledge and skills.
Topics include how the definition of career has changed over the years, how to help baby-boomers navigate the fast-changing job search landscape, how to handle issues of aging and ageism in today's workplace, and how to harness the opportunities presented by the “sharing economy.”
In this one-hour webinar you will learn to:
- Explain the term “encore career” generally and specifically as it relates to your patrons’ needs
- Describe at least two myths about older workers and two ways in which older workers have an advantage over their younger counterparts
- Discover how developing a library-based Encore Career Search program can fit with your library’s mission
- Identify print, online and community-based resources that your patrons can use to prepare for and find an encore career
*Note: While this webinar focuses on the unique needs of the older job hunter, the information is relevant to all job seekers, especially as it relates to accessing the “hidden job market.”
Hope Klein Levy ~ Biography
Hope Levy has twenty-plus years of experience in education and training, gerontology and career development. For the past five years Hope has been teaching classes at the San Francisco Public Library through a partnership with City College San Francisco’s Encore Learning Program. The common thread throughout her career is a passion for lifelong learning. Through her consulting practice, There’s Always Hope, she helps organizations develop and deliver learning programs that promote positive aging. Hope holds an MA in Gerontology and an MA in Special Education, both from San Francisco State University.