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Why Online Education Is The Best Choice For Boomers Struggling To Find Work

March 27th, 2017 | No Comment Yet

Companies have huge misconceptions about baby boomers. They assume older people can’t do the same jobs millennials can do. These are men and women who were brought up during the post-war years, so they have the willpower to do anything they set their mind to. Unfortunately, they do have a big problem.

The Biggest Problem Boomers Are Faced With

Age obviously isn’t on their side, but there is nothing they can do about that. Besides, at the rate millennials change jobs these days employers should opt for baby boomers. Roughly 40 percent of them stay at the same job for 20 years or more.

Their biggest problem is education, which you’ll know if you ask them to use Snapchat or Instagram as they haven’t evolved with the times. But with the right education a boomer has the ability to be an asset to any company. The only trouble is how people can educate themselves these days in the easiest way possible.

Online Education Reigns Supreme For Boomers

If a baby boomer is going to acquire the knowledge to find a job they’re best doing it online. Even though the unemployment rate among their generation is as low as 3.5 percent, those without a job might not have a choice. Let’s look at the reasons why it’s the best approach to take.

  • Lots Of Different Family Commitments

A baby boomer is more likely to have children than any other generation looking for work. In the majority of cases they’re going to have grandchildren too. When you can study from home it will give you more time to spend with your family.

They’ll still be able to babysit their grandchildren when their son or daughter needs help. Perhaps they will have a significant other who doesn’t want to work any more. If so, they’ll want to spend as much time as possible with them.

  • The Ability To Learn Anything

Boomers know they have to gain knowledge in a certain field, but there is no guarantee the course they want to attend will be near their home. Youngsters don’t run into the same issues, because it’s easy for them to move anywhere when they have no commitments.

Online education is completely different because you’re not restricted by your location. People will be able to learn anything no matter how obscure it is. After a bit of searching around the right course will present itself.

  • It’s A Lot More Comfortable

Earlier on we talked about boomers growing up in the post-war era. When they were old enough they started working, and in most cases they’ll have been gainfully employed for more years than they’ve been alive.

They’ve done all the commuting and sitting on horrible chairs staring at a teacher. Boomers deserve a bit of comfort while they educate themselves. It’s easy to recharge and throw yourself back into the action after gaining qualifications, so it won’t hold them back.

  • Learn At Your Own Pace

When someone attends a college they’ll not be able to miss too many classes or they’ll fail. It would be better if they could decide what day and time their classes fell on, but with traditional education it’s not the case.

Once you delve into the world of online education things work a bit differently. People are generally able to work through courses at their own pace. They will also be able to choose which days to study and for how many hours.

  • The Costs Are Much Lower

Educational establishments have high overheads. They have to keep their buildings in good condition, pay their bills every month, and lots of other things hurt them financially too. It results in the very high costs associated with education.

What do online companies have to pay for? They obviously have to pay for some things, but their outgoings are far lower. This is reflected in the price of courses, which boomers will love because they won’t have to eat into their savings.

Boomers Still Have Lots To Offer

Once someone has acquired the knowledge needed for certain jobs you have to look deeper into what they offer. Think about the fact boomers have had tons of responsibilities their entire life. During that time they’ve gained a lot of wisdom. Some might say they’re even more determined than anyone else to prove they are the best choice for the job.

Bio: Katica Maric is a freelance writer and personal assistant with more than 15 years of experience in helping older and disabled people. She gained her aged care certificate at Central College

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