Here are some great resources to help in the next season of your career.
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Career Relaunch. If you’re looking for more points of inspiration, you might consider checking out the Career Relaunch podcast, featuring inspiring stories of people who left their jobs behind.
Mynextmove.org. Sponsored by the Department of Labor, this free site is loaded with useful about career direction.
“Can I Afford to Retire?” From the Charles Schwab web site, an easy-to-use calculator to get a sense of the big picture cost of retirement.
My Lifestyle Career. Link goes straight to a list of recommended sites for older job seekers.
Social Security Estimator. Get real time benefits calculations for yourself and your spouse on this government site.
Entrepreneur.com. The online home of Entrepreneur magazine offers entrepreneurial advice, as well as plentiful information and resources for people interested in franchising.
Shark Tank. While it might seem questionable to recommend a television show I think you can gain some helpful insights into what makes a viable business from watching this show.
PivotPlanet.com. Whether you’re thinking of becoming a baker, beekeeper or kids clothing designer (or pretty much anything else), PivotPlanet.com is the best place to find advisors and mentors who can answer your questions about all types of entrepreneurial options.
Bizstarters.com. Coaching, services and information for boomer entrepreneurs. They also host a free podcast series about starting a business after 50.
SBA (Small Business Administration)
The SCORE Association, supported by SBA, is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors, advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. Here are some of the ways you can connect with SCORE and get free business advice:
Email a mentor: Choose a mentor online and get answers to your business questions virtually
Visit Your Local SCORE Office: Make an appointment with a mentor for in-person advice or attend a business workshop
Online Workshop : Participate in free, online workshops or register for small business webinars
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)helps new and existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and offer a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support and healthcare guidance.
4 Ways to Take Classes on the Cheap. The options for continuing education have never been better — or more affordable. In this NextAvenue.org post I highlight four ways to get the skills you need without paying a fortune.
Plus 50 Community College Listings. The Plus 50 Initiative invests in community colleges that offer training and support services for the plus 50 student population.
MOOC’s are Massively Open Online Courses offered to everyone by some of the world’s top colleges and institutions, including Harvard, MIT, The Smithsonian and Google. The big three MOOC platforms, Coursera, Udacity, and edX, now offer users official recognition for their paid courses, and in some cases, even academic credit. MIT OPenCourseWare is another.
Lynda.com. For $25/month (or even free through some library systems) members receive unlimited access to a vast library of video tutorials covering topics like CAD, 3-D animation, social media marketing, photography, film making, app development, web graphics and more.
Encore.org. This nonprofit “is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.”
NextAvenue.org (PBS site for people over 50). One of the best site for boomers on the web. New content every day – be sure to sign up for their newsletter to stay in the loop.
AARP. AARP has a surprisingly large library of career-related info specifically for people over 50 and it’s getting better all the time. A must-visit.
Conscious Connection: The Digital Magazine for Cultural Creatives. A magazine (and movement) dedicated to expansive consciousness and sustainable lifestyles.
Sixty and Me. An online community and website of 40,000+ women over sixty. Amazing collection of insightful content.
The Transition Network. The Transition Network has chapters throughout the US. It is an inclusive community of professional women, 50+, whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities.
Built-in Support. If you’re paying for a service — like your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for online connectivity or your TV provider for television content — they are obligated to help you. In fact, part of your monthly fee supports their tech support department, so this should be your first stop.
Tech Support Guy! If you’re looking for free technical support, you’ve found it! This site is run completely by volunteers and paid for completely by donations and sponsors. There is no charge although they do appreciate donations.
A new service called HelloTech is making a name for itself with its affordable in-home tech support. With prices starting at $49 (for email help), you first visit HelloTech.com and click or tap on what issue you’re having, and you then schedule a visit from a vetted and trained technician.
The Senior’s Guide to Computers. Simple, useful, and uncluttered is the Senior’s Guide to Computers. And it shouldn’t be any other way with technology. This site walks you through everything computer and web related with their easy-to-navigate “Learning Center”. Want to back up your data? You’ll get written instructions complete with screen shots and animation.
Age in Place Technology Watch. If you want to know the latest tools and advice for remaining in your home for as long as possible, bookmark this site. You’ll find topics (robots for caregiving) that you never knew existed.
Catch A Fire. Matches individuals who want to give their professional skills to nonprofits and socially minded businesses that need help.
Idealist.org has a database of over 80,000 nonprofit organizations and a nonprofit jobs board.
LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace. If you have a LinkedIn profile, check out this new offering that lists volunteer opportunities and board openings throughout the world.
ReServe.org. ReServe connects retirees with part-time work at nonprofits. Best for those who want to help organizations strapped for funds and resources, since the pay offered is quite low (about $10 an hour).
VolunteerMatch.org. An American nonprofit organization best known for its web services, which aim to strengthen communities by making it easier for people to find good causes.
Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). This federal agency site connects individuals age 55 and older with volunteer opportunities that need them, including foster grandparent volunteer roles.