One of the great tragedies of our time is that one day you are employed and valued and the next you are no longer needed. This cannot be the way to build and sustain a developing economy.
As a social entrepreneur I look for solutions to current social challenges. A skilled older generation combined with a younger generation needing skills and work opportunities seems like a place of possibility. So does older skills working in socially challenging spaces like health and education.
I have had a dream for at least 7 years to build a Skills Bank for the 50+ generation. At the end of 2015, I entered a competition at GIBS and was a finalist with this idea. What if we had a bank of these skills and able to find ways to engage and find solutions for our economy? This dream became a reality in 2016 and the first round of this bank was launched in September 2016. We now have close to 100 people who have listed their skills.
Go to the directory to view some of the people and their skills. https://www.refirementnetwork.com/50-skills-bank/ -there are engineers, coaches, nurses executives, electricians, editors, writers, administrators and language translators. Their collective skills are the assets in the bank. They are hoping to engage and transact with employers and civil society. They may not be looking for fulltime employment but certainly are looking for purpose. Some may need to earn and others have time and skills and would love to engage in their area of passion.
Here is a peak at three of the people in the Bank:
Worked for a major South African bank for 34 years – retired in June 2016 position held at that time Head of Operations & Customer Support – eWallet Solutions. Skills include excellent business management and leadership, conflict engagement & management, regular coaching of staff as well as peers.
Pamela Stanton-Humphry’s has 25 years of experience in counselling, couples counselling, group sessions, coaching and training. Her education includes Diploma in Lay Counselling and Theology at the Baptist Theological College, a BA Degree in Counselling through the Open Common Wealth University and an Honours Degree in Adult Education at the University of Witwatersrand. She has also completed several courses through FAMSA (Family Association of South Africa) and has completed courses in play therapy.
Having spent over 40 years in the corporate world as a General Manager and Director I am now semi-retired and focusing on my small consulting and coaching practice. I specialise in Risk Management and Insurance and am currently researching how to coach “post retired” individuals to achieve their full potential.
I am challenging three groups of people who read this post.
- If you have skills and want to be listed, please add your skills to the site: https://www.refirementnetwork.com/50-skills-bank/
- If you are an employer looking for a specific skill set please be in touch via https://www.refirementnetwork.com/contact-us/
- If you are a part of civil society and would like to engage about specific skills you need to help you reach your goals please be in touch and share your needs here: https://www.refirementnetwork.com/contact-us/
The debits and credits in a bank both have value in an economy. Why not use these assets to help build a sustainable economy, one person, one company and one NPO at a time.
There are more than 2 million people over 50 with skills. There is a window of opportunity to find solutions. Talk to us today to help.