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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Student opens job site for senior citizens

Reached 60 and still feeling young at heart? Well, a few corporates and business houses have teamed up to help a Vadodara-based student of Maharaja Sayajirao University to set up a website to provide senior citizens an opportunity to start their career afresh.

Some of the firms willing to absorb elderly citizens have already listed themselves on the website, launched by Shivani Mehta, a student of department of extension and communication, faculty of family and community sciences, at the university. This website has been created with the help of L&T and TVS. “L&T provided all the technical assistance, while TVS helped us in getting the website registered,” said Shivani about the website www.jobsforelderly.org, which already has 90 elderly citizens uploaded their resume.

“A large number of job-seekers have an engineering background. Most of these business entities offering jobs are looking to tap the experience and the wisdom that the senior citizens have gained over the years,” she remarked.

According to Shivani, several retired people preferred to work for socio-economic reasons. “Some were financially weak and were in search of a stable income while others felt they should not become a liability by sitting idle. Most of them preferred to get back to work because they wanted to be mentally and physically fit,” she said.

The elderly can register themselves for free on this website,” Shivani added.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Student_opens_job_site_for_senior_citizens/articleshow/2973140.cms

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