Is 2019 the year to make a career change? Maybe you’re nearing retirement and ready to try something new. Perhaps you’re re-entering the workforce, lost your job or just want a fresh start.
One way that you could prepare for any type of job change is to enroll in classes at a community college. Ten percent of students at community colleges are over age 40, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Seven percent already have a bachelor’s degree, and 63 percent work full time while enrolled.
It makes sense that older students would gravitate to community colleges. They’re more affordable than most four-year colleges, easier to get into, often closer to home, and they usually offer courses at night and on the weekend. Also, community colleges typically allow students to pick as little or as much as they need. You can sign up for a course or two to sharpen a particular skill. Or, you can pursue an associate degree in a new field.
Another source in the job hunt is AARP Foundation’s partnership with Back to Work 50+. Offered at more than 20 colleges and community centers across the country, Back to Work 50+ offers workshops, individual coaching, computer training and other support for older adults.
And their Women’s Economic Stability Initiative program helps unemployed and underemployed women aged 50 to 64 gain the confidence, skills and opportunities they need to find full-time employment, improve their financial capability and avoid poverty later in life.
And if you want to work for yourself, you can find AARP resources to help start your own business too!