Baby Boomers tend to be “younger” than their counterparts from previous generations. Many even look, feel, and act younger. In the past, a person 50 years of age or older would never dream of going back to college or working in their chosen career indefinitely. This, however, is becoming a normal practice, and it is affecting the nation.
In a recent article it was stated: “The number of students ages 50 to 64 increased 17 percent nationwide between fall 2007 and fall 2009, according to the latest data available from the National Center for Education Statistics” (Business Courier, 2012, para. 2). Reasons for this trend vary. Some Boomers have lost money in the stock market; some do not want to spend their retirement sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner in front of the television until they die.
Since this trend is new to many employers, companies are finding ways to incorporate older Americans into their ranks. Adult education is reacting to the change by teaching learners how to successfully work with a variety of people from differing cultural backgrounds and age groups. Baby Boomers have much to teach younger generations, and younger generations are generous in helping older co-workers learn the latest technologies.
Some Baby Boomers remove dates from their resumes in order to be considered for positions. When employers interview these prospective employees, they are often pleasantly surprised at the energy of older workers. The experience that they bring to a job can be immeasurable. With Baby Boomers reeducating, they are becoming a positive force in the workplace of America. The change has been a positive one, with older and younger students and workers creating strong teams that can close the gap between the generations.
Business Courier. (2012, March 16). Baby boomers head back to college. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/morning_call/2012/03/baby-boomers-head-back- to-college.html