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Can anyone help me come up with some job suggestions for my Dad? He's a 55 year old retired therapist with a Masters in Social Work. Unfortunately while taking a break from social work he let his renewal for license lapse and it's a real PITA to get it back without completing these CEUs (credit education units).

He currently has nothing and I'm paying for everything. I can't go on like this much longer and he really needs to get off his ass and get a job. I applied for him at Starbucks, but he doesn't know if it's something he'd be able to do. Anyway, I'm not looking for any pity or compassion just some suggestions to get a 55 year old employed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Encourage him to get his credits to get his license back and in the meanwhile, home depot, menards, lowes, jewel come to mind as top potentials.

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What are his hobbies or interests?
Ugh, to many to list. He has a habit of getting into something, becoming heavily invested and then giving up on it. It's usually something creative in which he doesn't have the talent for. :ugh:

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Also, checkout northwestern.edu and northshore.org for job opportunities, there are a ton of jobs that his masters will help him get in the door.

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A friend of mine works at Whole Foods and loves it. She's not a person who really likes to work either so it must be a really nice place to work .
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Can anyone help me come up with some job suggestions for my Dad? He's a 55 year old retired therapist with a Masters in Social Work. Unfortunately while taking a break from social work he let his renewal for license lapse and it's a real PITA to get it back without completing these CEUs (credit education units).
Have him recertify ASAP so he can earn up to his potential.
There are online CEUs he can get; I don't know how many are required for his particular license or if they're limited as to the number of online/no lab hours he can claim, but that's a start. Maybe I'd start with the IDPR website about his profession to check.

**edit** It's 30 hours every two years, no limit as to online courses as long as they're approved providers.
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/...00000950R.html


Results from a quick google search for online courses:
http://www.ceu-hours.com/courses.html
http://www.aatbs.com/ce_Listing.asp
http://ce4less.com/?gclid=CIuKocm8hKICFQceDQodvhUTEg

Also, members of professional organizations usually have access to job postings and more resources. There are three good ones in my particular field, but the National Association of Social Workers (Illinois Chapter) and the Association of Social Work Boards will definitely be able to help.

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What is so hard about taking some classes? Not like he's too busy right?

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What is so hard about taking some classes? Not like he's too busy right?
Just making an assumption, but since he is retired, he might not have an interest in the same field again.

As I mentioned above, with his masters, there are a lot of "easy" jobs that pay decent that he could get at NS or NU. But then, the retail industry is also always hiring and those jobs are not limited to bagging groceries.

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Just making an assumption, but since he is retired, he might not have an interest in the same field again.
I totally forgot about that... but good point.

I still don't think it's a bad idea for him to recertify and carry multiple licenses (should he choose to go into a different field), it just shows how broad an individual's skill set is and makes you a better candidate for a job.

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I totally forgot about that... but good point.

I still don't think it's a bad idea for him to recertify and carry multiple licenses (should he choose to go into a different field), it just shows how broad an individual's skill set is and makes you a better candidate for a job.
I agree...
...my first suggestion was for recertification, but the more I thought about it, I know I don't want to do what I do now after I retire from what I am doing now.

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Have him recertify ASAP so he can earn up to his potential.
There are online CEUs he can get; I don't know how many are required for his particular license or if they're limited as to the number of online/no lab hours he can claim, but that's a start. Maybe I'd start with the IDPR website about his profession to check.

**edit** It's 30 hours every two years, no limit as to online courses as long as they're approved providers.
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/...00000950R.html


Results from a quick google search for online courses:
http://www.ceu-hours.com/courses.html
http://www.aatbs.com/ce_Listing.asp
http://ce4less.com/?gclid=CIuKocm8hKICFQceDQodvhUTEg

Also, members of professional organizations usually have access to job postings and more resources. There are three good ones in my particular field, but the National Association of Social Workers (Illinois Chapter) and the Association of Social Work Boards will definitely be able to help.
Man, look at this post. What a wealth of info provided! Good work.
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Tell him to get his CDL and drive, plus it will get him out of your hair for awhile.
Lots of companies hire on the spot and offer training

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Tell him to get his CDL and drive, plus it will get him out of your hair for awhile.
Lots of companies hire on the spot and offer training
I was a senior systems analyst and was outsourced when I was 55. I got a CDL and got a job driving otr. The schedules are brutal, the scenery is great and the money and benefits are good. It cost me just $2600 to get the license and all the needed certifications. If a change is what he's looking for this is definately a change. Caution: This job is not for the faint of heart.

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I was a senior systems analyst and was outsourced when I was 55. I got a CDL and got a job driving otr. The schedules are brutal, the scenery is great and the money and benefits are good. It cost me just $2600 to get the license and all the needed certifications. If a change is what he's looking for this is definately a change. Caution: This job is not for the faint of heart.
My parents did this too a few years ago, but after a year, they called it quits saying that they're old bodies wouldn't be able to hold up to much more abuse from the road. So they quit and found jobs in their old fields again. They loved the travel aspect of the job though and are glad that they did it for that year.

PS - my wife's a social worker with a master's, lcsw, and type 73 and she's having a hard time finding a job in this field right now. I would look elsewhere if you want to find something quick or that pays more.

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I was a senior systems analyst and was outsourced when I was 55. I got a CDL and got a job driving otr. The schedules are brutal, the scenery is great and the money and benefits are good. It cost me just $2600 to get the license and all the needed certifications. If a change is what he's looking for this is definately a change. Caution: This job is not for the faint of heart.
This is what I do now. Then people look at you sideways wondering what that is. So now I just say I'm a programmer. Keep it simple for the laymen.

Myles, don't you work for a dealership? You should get him a job over there.

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Myles, don't you work for a dealership? You should get him a job over there.
Eh, there's not really much he can do over there.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I know he doesn't really want to get into the same field, and the only reason he was trying to get his license back was because he had an opportunity to do these lectures at $100/hr a few times a month. Unfortunately the process for getting his license back has not been as easy as it sounds.

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Eh, there's not really much he can do over there.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I know he doesn't really want to get into the same field, and the only reason he was trying to get his license back was because he had an opportunity to do these lectures at $100/hr a few times a month. Unfortunately the process for getting his license back has not been as easy as it sounds.
I'll talk to the family, we've got some Clinical Psychologists. But even as far as consultation with therapists go ... work is not great right now. I'd just try and go off his interests, like people have said Whole Foods is a good one. But he could also try and be a concierge or equivalent at a nice hotel downtown - like the Peninsula, Drake, ect ... that might be fun for a bit, telling people where to have fun in the city.
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