Career Training for Older Women

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					?Careers for older women are available. Women have come a long way in the
workplace, yet there are still some unique challenges that older women face as they
embark on a career change and look for new career training.

Women between the ages of 45 and 60 may have difficulty pursuing new career
training because of certain tangible and intangible barriers. For instance, some women
may have to remain in a particular location due to family constraints. Others may not
be able to afford education or feel it may take too long. Others may feel they are
perceived as "mature women" who do not have the transferable skills for a new

With that said, there are still many new career training options available for women in
this age group who are looking to make a career or lifestyle change. Technology plays
a large part in this phenomenon, as does a changing society that no longer views
women of this age as unemployable or unwilling to train.

The world is a different place now and if you are an older woman seeking new career
training, you are in a position to take advantage of all the career training options

Teleclass seminars: There are many education opportunities available as teleclass
seminars. These are courses that typically involve students and an instructor linking
up via the Web or satellite and are interactive in nature. The instructor and students
can then interact in class discussions, lectures and presentations. I use teleclass
seminars for my "Unleashing Your Leadership Power" seminar. It works great for
everyone involved because it is convenient and a lower-cost option than many other
traditional classroom educations. You can find teleclasses on the Internet or at local
colleges and universities.

Workshops and short courses: For more personal training, many women tend to opt
for more traditional classes. These can be found at community colleges, community
centers, universities, and other workforce training facilities. You can also look for
education opportunities with other organizations, including the Small Business
Administration, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, or local women's groups.

Online classes: Once thought of as only suitable for younger students, Online classes
have rapidly become the training method of choice for all ages. These classes are
generally easy to access, easy to follow and cost effective. And, the best part is that
they are very flexible. Often students can work at their own pace from anywhere in
the world.

Internships and job shadowing: You may think internships are for young college
students, but that's not always the case. Many employers will offer these types of
opportunities to men and women in more mature age groups as an alternative way to
update career training. This is a great opportunity for many people, because it is a
hands-on experience and offers the chance to learn as you do the work. It is also a
way to network and create professional relationships.

Career coaching: Career enrichment coaching and new career coaching can provide
you with the personalized attention you may need for to sort through your options. A
career coach is someone who is trained to work with you and provide assessment
tools to validate the best skill and job interest match for your profile. Two great
resources on the internet are The Leadership Resource and Career Change Resource.

If you find a career field that interests you, contact a local company or organization
that can help you gain some familiarity in that area. It could help you decide whether
you want to pursue training.

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