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Do I need to learn new skills?

What if I don’t have the skills I need?

Working after retirement can bring about wonderful opportunities to be working on your own terms. As more and more companies these days start to appreciate older workers’ experience and training in the field, they are more than willing to offer flexible and rewarding jobs.

As a retiree, know that there are a lot of ways to leverage your experience and passion into finding a post-retirement career. But then again, while you have all the qualifications you need at this point, you are never too old to learn new skills and tricks.

Retirement provides for an opportunity to train for a new career and land at a new exciting job. And most of these opportunities to learn do not require as much investment on your end. In fact the US Department of Labor offers several trainings under the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Through this, you can learn new skills while working at an SCSEP non-profit organization that caters to training your skills.

While there is the stereotyping that older people are less able to pick up new skills at a later stage in life, this belief is really not the case at all. If any, stereotyping is an opportunity in disguise.

In fact, research proves that adults have some advantage over kids for skill acquisition. This is due to the fact that adults have more life experience, and so they can attach learning to things that they already know, and they can be more strategic too.

Adults are also more outcome-oriented, allowing them to identify their target performance level. This means that they decide at the onset what they should be able to do. The more specific they get the better.

Learning new skills is always helpful in working after retirement. It opens up doors for opportunities as much as it gives you that sense of fulfillment at being able to be your best yet again though this time, in an entirely new field.




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