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Helping Others Get Back to Work: It’s Best When You’ve Been There Yourself (+video)

BACK TO WORK 50+ coach tells her own moving story of being unemployed

Debra Sykes West is one of many community college staff members who are a part of AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK 50+ program, which connects unemployed older adults to services and resources to help them gain access to in-demand jobs. This year the program is expanding to 15 community colleges around the country.

See also: Over 50 and out of work

Debra is a skilled professional who is already providing invaluable advice and instruction to participants in the program. But as you’ll see in this short video, what makes her especially effective is that she knows what those in need are going through – because she has been there herself.

BACK TO WORK 50+ is specifically designed for those who need assistance learning new networking strategies, conducting targeted job searches and enrolling in short-term training opportunities. The program offers practical strategies for finding meaningful work and overcoming the hurdles of long-term unemployment. As Debra eloquently demonstrates in telling her own story, a helping hand can make a huge difference, and that’s what BACK TO WORK 50+ seeks to provide.

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