ACC helping women age 50+ get back to work

ACC offering career exploration and job training to women age 50+

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Going back into the workforce after the age of 50 can be intimidating. This age group has the largest increase in long-term unemployment, and the least likelihood of finding jobs.

Back To Work 50+ hopes to get these job seekers working again. The effort is a collaboration between Austin Community College and the AARP Foundation.

“The jobs of today are not the same as the jobs of yesterday,” said Tina McGaughey, an ACC Academic Coach. “There are a lot of challenges for women over 50. Many have some computer skills but don’t necessarily have up-to-date, up-to-the-minute computer skills that employers are looking for.”

The program aims to help women over 50 find new careers, gain skills and build financial security.

“To be honest, I’m an old horse going out in the field with a lot of young horses,” said Stephanie McCray, a job seeker hoping to get in the program.

“People, places are changing all the time, and I’m like, which skill sets should I focus on now, that’s going to give me an edge to apply for a job?” said another job seeker.

The program will help ladies replace uncertainty with preparedness.

“Everyone’s allowed a chapter two, and I’ve had a lot of chapters,” said McCray. “When my mom got sick I made the decision to put a priority on things that were more important to me. I knew my company would continue on whether I was there or not.” Two years later, she’s ready to work again.

Some of the most important skills women will learn are how to apply to jobs online, and how to create resumes. They’ll also learn how to best market themselves to potential employers.

“This group of women I’ve seen is sharp,” said McGaughey. “I’m encouraged we’ll be able to find jobs for them.”

McGaughey says men are also invited to apply for the program.

So far, there have been two information sessions, and more are scheduled.

While there’s a limited amount of spots in the program, those who aren’t selected will have other avenues to assist in finding a job.

 

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