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WorkingNation @ SXSW EDU: Don’t Leave Older Workers Out of the Jobs Recovery

Our WorkingNation conversation on upskilling midcareer workers and combating age bias in the workforce from SXSW EDU
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In this episode of Work in Progress, we take a look at the challenges the midcareer workforce faces in a labor market reshaped by a health pandemic.

The majority of the long-term unemployed are over the age of 45. A majority of hiring managers admit hesitating when it comes to hiring an older worker, fearing they don’t have the necessary skills for today’s jobs and are not tech-adaptable. Conversely, they say the older workers already on the job are valued employees.

So, where does that leave midcareer workers trying to find a new job in the post-pandemic workforce?

In March, WorkingNation partnered with SXSW EDU to bring together a panel to address this issue and examine what’s being done to correct it.

It was honored to moderate our Don’t Leave Older Workers Out of the Jobs Recovery panel, which featured Jean Accius, SVP Global Thought Leadership, AARP; Wendi Safstrom, President, SHRM Foundation; and Maria Heidkamp, Director, Program Development and Senior Researcher, Heldrich Center at Rutgers University.

You can listen to the conversation here.

Episode 232: Don’t Leave Older Workers Out of the Jobs Recovery
Host & Executive Producer: Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, WorkingNation
Producer: Larry Buhl
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch and Melissa Panzer
Theme Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0

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