The economy and the workforce that supports it are constantly changing. The past 30 years have been nothing but changes. The days of working for a company your entire career are over. Changing jobs if not careers is considered the norm. There is one thing that keeps the economy moving and the workforce employed and that is education. Technology in almost every field is also changing all the time and with that the skills that are needed for workers. You just can’t expect to do the same things the same way in the future; companies are always striving for an edge in this global economy. How do they get that edge, of course by keeping up on the latest technology. What if you are an older worker what are you going to do? Most folks realize that retraining older workers is the way to go.
The thought of retraining after so many years of work doesn’t always sound very inviting. Like all things that are new it certainly will take a little getting used to, but you have to do it. Not only will retraining help you for your present job it will certainly make you more valuable in any future jobs that you have. This can be especially important if you are an older worker.
Now retraining is easy if you are employed and your company is instructing you to learn new skills. Unfortunately, if you are laid off and are wishing to acquire more education it can be challenging. Colleges and community colleges offer classes to accommodate folks just like you with classes on the weekends and at night, that way if you have a job you can still work and if you don’t you still have time to look for one.
Of course not everyone wants to get a four year degree from college, you may just want to take a few classes or maybe even work toward a certificate. And that makes sense because college can be expensive and certainly time consuming which might be a problem for older workers. So make your choice wisely so you will make the best of your time.
The best place to find information on just about any subject is to search the web. That can be a little daunting trying to wade through all the data that web searches return. One of the best places to start at the Employment and Training website of the federal government, there is quite a bit of information ranging from job training to how much education is needed for a particular career. Each state also has a Career One Stop website that lists available training in the state.
Most folks will find that training or retraining can cost quite a lot of money. Luckily there are government programs on scholarships, grants and other various other assistance from the Federal and StateGovernments.
Training, retraining and learning as much as you can is definitely the way of the future and also right now.
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