Through a unique skills, experience and interest matching program (extensioncorps.org), the UMaine Extension’s talent shortage and its retiree’s desire for purpose and a paycheck are addressed through short-term projects benefitting Maine residents.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMaine Extension), like many Maine employers, is experiencing the exodus of a significant number of its staff and faculty, due to retirement.
At the same time, research shows that 3 out of 5 retirees return to the workforce in some capacity within 18 months of retiring.
As a way of creatively easing the talent shortage and providing meaningful work and income to its retirees, UMaine Extension has launched an innovative initiative, The Extension Corps. The initiative matches retirees with short-term, part-time paid projects serving Maine residents.
Maine's aging workforce presents a significant challenge for all employers: Within the next 20 years, nearly half the state's current workers will reach traditional retirement age.
Those "retiring" from primary careers still want to make a contribution and be of service, but under different terms than full-time employment with significant responsibility.
With a graduate degree and training in computers and information systems in the Healthcare and Biotech sectors, Jeff is seeking more structure and a sense of purpose after retiring from his primary career. In this next phase of life, he wants to draw upon his executive skills in managing people and projects to focus on turning around problem situations, especially in large, complex organizational settings.
Deb has an extensive background in adult education, training and career advising and wants to work with teens and culturally diverse new Maine residents. With a desire for more social interaction and purposeful work that provides an income, Deb hopes to secure work that uses her communications skills and humor to assist others in reaching their goals.
Looking for more structure in his life, John is seeking work in the health care sector that uses his knowledge and experiences as a medical first responder, lab technician and assistant fire captain. His aspiration is to work as part of a team and individually to tackle challenging problems by using his researching, problem solving and training skills.
The hospitality industry is where Kimberly wants to apply her lifelong skills in marketing, retail and business development and high volume events planning. Seeking paid work, she brings a wealth of experience in leadership, organizational planning and interpersonal communications in hopes of making a significant contribution to a project that would benefit from her skills.
As a lawyer, certified mediator and artist, Brian hopes to attract work that engages him with others and provides an income and more structure to his life. With a background in Human Resources, he wants to use his skills in writing and research in HR settings while also nurturing his passion to paint and market his work.
Having worked in the Maine social services sector as a licensed social worker, Leslie is pursuing paid work that is purposeful and meaningful. She has worked with diverse audiences in the not for profit world and believes her skills in motivating others, organizing and active listening can be of value in the next role she attracts.
With a degree in Engineering and background in Information Technology, Gayle is seeking work that utilizes her skills in IT business analysis and database management, reporting and analysis. She has the ability to analyze problems and translate business needs into technical requirements in support of an organization reaching its goals efficiently and innovatively.
Josh is a passionate about working in the marketing and communications sector. As a military service Veteran, he has also worked as a high school social studies teacher, private investigator and alcohol and drug abuse counselor, Josh is committed to finding work that uses his skills in motivating, instilling confidence and providing safe spaces for others’ personal growth to flourish.