Life and work after 50
Today, I received info about a new award that will honor nonprofits and public sector agencies finding innovative ways to hire people over 50.
The MetLife Foundation, which provides funding for the award, partnered with last year to conduct the first national survey asking Americans in their 50s and 60s what type of work they aspire to in the second half of life. Half of those polled expressed interest in jobs to help improve the quality of life in their communities. No surprise though, most also said that finding such employment would not be easy.
We all know there are jobs out there for companies smart enough to figure out how to use this pool of talent. Civic Ventures, a San Francisco think tank, says its new BreakThrough Award might help by recognizing companies who make an effort. Innovative approaches could include nonprofit organizations that create new part-time jobs to attract older adults seeking meaningful, flexible work; organizations that recruit people over 50 and match them with flexible-schedule jobs in social service and government agencies; hospitals that offer seasonal-work positions with full-year benefits to recruit and retain experienced nurses; or school districts that pay stipends to experienced adults tutoring students in math and science.
For details or to make a nomination: www.civicventures.org/breakthrough.