Over 55 and Looking for a Job

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For more than 45 years, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has provided older Americans 55+ with opportunities to fill entry- and mid-level positions with employers in their local communities. AARP Foundation SCSEP has successfully moved thousands of older job seekers into jobs–providing them with opportunities to use their skills while also offering valuable work experience.

How it Works

AARP Foundation’s SCSEP provides both community service and work-based training.

Working an average of 20 hours a week, older job seekers are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage and are compensated by SCSEP directly. The job seekers are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities like day care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals. This on-the-job training experience can then be used as a bridge to find employment opportunities outside of the program.

Who’s Eligible?

To participate, you must be:

  • age 55 or older
  • unemployed
  • economically disadvantaged and
  • have an income not more than 125% of the established federal poverty guidelines.

How to Apply

Please contact your local AARP Foundation SCSEP office to see if you qualify.

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Virtual Career Network

Match your work interests and existing skills to new occupations in today's job market. Complete both the Interest and Skills questionnaires to help determine which careers you might want to explore based on your past education, training, and work experience. Learn more about the SCSEP Virtual Career Network Checklist or start your assessment now.


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