“Imagine a South Africa where we all have one goal: to build our economy.”
Retire Successfully Retirementor, Lynda Smith, helps people refire rather than retire. Now she aims to transform the face of employment in South Africa.
Lynda has created a skills portal where over 50s who have expertise and experience can connect with employers seeking just that kind of employee.
Lynda shares how her dream became a reality.
In 2009, I studied social entrepreneurship at GIBS.
I used my company, REFIREMENT NETWORK, as a model for my studies, and this gave birth to my big goal.
There are two million skilled people in South Africa over the age of 60.
If 10% of them engaged in some kind of work or volunteering, using their existing skills, time and passion, for five years, this would equate to ONE MILLION years of economic activity for South Africa.
I want to see older and younger people in South Africa engaging to bring purpose and economic security into the lives of all South Africans.
At 50, I found myself looking to a new career. I have always loved helping others and, as a social entrepreneur, love to find challenging scenarios and create solutions. Increasing longevity means that we need to remain engaged longer for both our financial and personal wellbeing, and in this trend I found my work purpose.
Refirement Network has joined hands with three partners to build the 50-Plus Skills company. We are all passionate about South Africa, with different skills, networks and tools and collaborating made sense. Refirement Network remains a separate company and thought leader in longevity.
Learn and Earn in this new season
The 50-Plus Skills portal is a space where individuals 50+ will engage with both the business and social sector. It is an opportunity to create connections between these sectors to make it easier for individuals to share their area of passion, using their skills and creating the flexibility to work and engage as they want to.
We an learn, serve and earn in this season. We do need to understand how the world has changed and adapt.
Retire Successfully loves what Lynda is doing and is excited to see 50-Plus Skills grow and thrive.