Lacombe job fair to host mature workers’ forum

A mature workers’ forum at a Lacombe job fair on March 24 speaks to a new trend among the 45-and-up crowd, says an organizer.

A mature workers’ forum at a Lacombe job fair on March 24 speaks to a new trend among the 45-and-up crowd, says an organizer.

“There’s a lot of people in that age group . . . who have the idea that you work for a company for 30 years, retire and get a pension,” said Lacombe and District Employment Service Centre manager Clint McLeod.

“But that’s not the reality anywhere anymore.” Positioning for the Recovery — From the Inside Out will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Lacombe Memorial Centre in conjunction with the Job and Career Fair.

More and more older people are wondering what to do with the rest of their lives to make ends meet or to get to that retirement dream, said McLeod.

This forum is meant “to pump people up,” he added, and make them realize they have talents that can transfer from what they’ve been doing to something new.

Lunch will be provided at the free event, which is open to anyone 45 or older. Attendees must register ahead by calling 403-786-0044 or emailing employmentcentre@action-group.org.

The job fair is also free and will feature some alternative jobs — comedians and musicians, for example — in addition to the more conventional employers. Volunteering opportunities will also be showcased, McLeod said, as volunteerism looks good on a resumé.

The job fair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Lacombe Memorial Centre is located at 5214 50th Ave.

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