Course gets baby boomers back in today’s work force

A dynamic course designed to help baby boomers get back into the groove of working is coming soon to Rimbey.

A dynamic course designed to help baby boomers get back into the groove of working is coming soon to Rimbey.

Program facilitator Lyn Lamers said the course ‘Back into the Working Groove’ will be offered at the Rimbey & District Employment Centre Nov. 19 to Feb. 1. The free course will be taught from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

While taking the course, participants will be given assistance and training in career planning, learning how to get through tough times of work transition and, be given valuable and creative tools to help them get back into the work world.

Participants will learn how to write a professional and detailed resume, prepare for a job interview and take part in fun and interesting class projects. Guest speakers will provide motivation and encouragement throughout the program.

Lamers is excited about the course and very much enjoys providing her students with the skill and expertise necessary to compete in today’s job market. She notes that age can be a barrier to entering the work force and she is more than happy to assist the baby boomers in learning to overcome that barrier.

She said often older potential employees need to regain their sense of worth and value and realize their own strengths.

“This course will change your life,” she said.

While there is no cost to take the program, Lamers said a commitment is needed from participants to finish the course. The goal is to find employment once the course is finished. Lamers said there is no guarantee this will happen, but there is a very good chance that it will.

“We have a very high success rate,” she said.

The course not only helps people find a job, but allows them to zero in on their dream job and find the perfect fit, she added.

Computer skills, which are a valuable tool for most jobs, are an integral part of the course. Makeovers, dressing for success and a two-day first aid course are also offered.

“We give them (the participants) the tools to carry on to the next stage,” said Lamers. “There is emphases on a healthy life style and we encourage the attitude that ‘yes, you can, today’s a new day, let’s go hard at it.’”

To register, contact Monika Rondeel, employment counselor at Rimbey & District Employment Centre or drop by to pick up a registration form.

The course will also be offered in Lacombe Feb. 4 to April 12 and July 8 to Sept. 13 and in Ponoka April 15 – June 21.

The ‘Back into the Working Groove’ course is funded by the federal government and administered by the province.

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