Looking for professional, skilled, passionate South Africans over 50

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There are more than 2 million skilled people over 50 in South Africa. This is an amazing resource and asset for South Africa and can form an integral part of strategies to help bring about economic transformation and improve social cohesion. A new company has just been launched that is focused on this vision. The company is called 50Plus-Skills. Currently we are looking for individuals who are retired, close to retirement, entrepreneurs 50+ and anyone else who feels that they fall into this c...
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Building, retaining and extending talent for South Africa

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I have had an unusual career, working for many years in early childhood education space in South Africa. At the age of 50 I changed direction and started looking at the current retiring generation in South Africa and what impact longevity and technology was having on this generation. I often say I have worked from cradle to grave in my work journey. South Africa is challenged on many levels but without a doubt education and job creation are two main drivers needed for sustainability and a pro...
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Over-50 skills for a successful SA

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“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 c...
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A fresh homecare model for the caregiving industry

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Press Release, February 2018 Issued by CareChamp   Meet CareChamp, a marketing and technology platform bringing qualified caregivers and care seekers together with the aim to provide excellent home care services. CareChamp provides short or long-term services to any person in need of caregiving – with a focus on the elderly in their own homes - starting from R35/hour for as short as 4 hours/day up to 24/7 frail care. CareChamp aims to modernise the caregiving industry by adding...
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The power of time

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The retirement date looms on the horizon and you can’t wait for the big day. Life at work is no longer fun and there are days when you feel the stress may kill you. The day arrives, you celebrate with your colleagues and you walk out of the door. Maybe you even received a “gold watch”? This is the world of how most people still see retirement. They dream of many things they will do to fill their time. Holidays, fixing up the house and having time to visit friends and use their pensioners card...
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Refirement Skills Bank Survey Results

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Over the past few weeks I have run a survey around my vision for a skills bank for the older generation. The value in the skills bank is not just to find a way to earn but also a place to give back. The information gathered will help us make some key decisions around the model needed to move forward. I always value feedback and insights both from those over 50 and business and social sector. Here are some of the results. Thank you for your input. I appreciate you. 88 people took the survey. ...
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How Will You Use Your Extra Season of Life?

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Lynda Smith is the founder of the Refirement Network, and is an expert in planning for the second half of life. She coaches clients to examine the internalized limitations that hold us back, as well as teaching concrete tools and skills to “refire” an entirely new career, passion project or hobby. Her slogan is: Don’t Retire – Refire! Read full article here  |  Watch video here.
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Learning is fun

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This past four weeks I have been on an online learning course and learning more about digital literacy. When we grew up we learnt to read and write and once we were literate, we could manage our way to success through an education and then finding work. The world has now changed. Digital literacy, different from computer literacy is the new literacy needed for communication for work and life today. I have known for some time that I needed to do this course if I wanted to improve my ability to...
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Top 10 places to engage in South Africa to understand what work opportunities exist 50+

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The process of deciding what comes next once we leave the formal work environment depends on many factors. We help our children with career guidance but seldom do the same for ourselves. Use the time to engage in conferences, exhibitions, shows and websites to understand where and how to connect around opportunities. Here is a list of 10 places where opportunity may exist. Refirement Network. Subscribe to our newsletter, read articles on the changing world of work and register on our Skills ...
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Second career coaching. Why do I need it?

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The articles and emails come through my inbox and via social media daily.  The challenge of finding work beyond the age of 50. This is not a local issue but certainly being felt around the world. Refirement Network offers second career coaching. What does that mean?  The process is there to guide your thinking and to act as a reflection back to you around your own thoughts and fears. We all have ideas but the coach is there to check your thinking, stretch your ideas and help you to address yo...
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