After Heather Seiden (pictured above), a career coach with Jewish Family Service in Denver, Colorado, graduated from the inaugural Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps in June of 2018, she was inspired to bring what she had learned to the community she serves.
Through Skillful, Heather was introduced to AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK 50+ program and wanted to know more. After attending Skillful and AARP Foundation’s breakout session at the Rocky Mountain Workforce Development Association in August of 2018, and after participating in a webinar on the subject through the Skillful Coaching Community of Practice, Heather decided to bring the BACK TO WORK 50+ program to Jewish Family Service.
“We serve a lot of people who are over the age of 50,” said Heather. “I was excited to learn more about how Jewish Family Service can help older job seekers update their resumes and interview skills; more importantly, I wanted attendees to feel empowered and confident. They have so much experience and so many skills—any employer would be lucky to have employees with such a wealth of knowledge. The BACK TO WORK 50+ program really goes in depth to address issues facing older job seekers and the content is relevant and easy to understand. AARP Foundation’s administrators also provide excellent training and support to their partner sites.”
Heather hosted her first BACK TO WORK 50+ workshop in January of 2019. Forty-two job seekers attended, and 22 signed up for individual coaching sessions. Ten participants were accepted into the small-group coaching wave. Heather plans on hosting BACK TO WORK 50+ programs regularly, and her next workshop will be in August. “Our participants left with their shoulders relaxed and their head held higher,” said Heather.
AARP Foundation is excited to bring their program to more Colorado job seekers. “We already collaborate with workforce centers and community colleges, and wanted to work more closely with nonprofits in Colorado,” said Lori Strauss, Workforce Programs Manager for AARP Foundation. “By connecting us to local nonprofits, Skillful has helped us create and further those relationships. It’s invigorating to be able to serve even more older workers through these relationships.”
Heather echoes Lori’s enthusiasm: “I’m deeply passionate about the people I serve,” she said. “That’s what drives me.”
Heather is a graduate of the Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps. Along with nearly 30 career coaches from all over the state of Colorado, Heather honed her leadership skills and was introduced to tools and resources to help her better serve job seekers. As part of the program, she joined an Action Team devoted to solving a pressing challenge facing the Colorado workforce: identifying best practices to serve people over the age of 50 and people with disabilities.
Call 855-850-2525 to sign up for a workshop near you and order a copy of the 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Jobseekers guide.