Job fair 2018 organized at St. Joseph's College on 25th Mar, 2018.

INTRODUCTION:

Today, elders are faced with innumerable problems and financial insecurity poses a major challenge to a large number of senior citizens. About 88% of the elderly in our country are not covered under any adequate social security measure. Therefore, most of them are financially insecure and need to depend on their meager savings and children for their sustenance. In the absence of such support, many of them suffer loss of independence and self-dignity. But, the encouraging truth is many senior citizens of the age group between 60-70 years are physically fit and prepared to work and earn their livelihood. Utilizing their skills and experience, the society would also largely be benefitted. But unfortunately, our community does not recognize this social problem and provide opportunities for them to work and earn.

Responding to this social issue, Nightingale Empowerment Foundation (NEF) a non-government organization dedicated to the cause of financial security to needy citizens. Nightingales Jobs 60+ an initiative of NEF, trains and promotes employments opportunities for elders, has helped over 1700 elders get suitable employment so far since its inception in October 2011. To make elders re-employable NEF periodically trains elders in computer and soft skills. The project has also conducted several vocational training workshops for elderly. In Oct 2012, a free job portal for senior citizens www.nightingalesjobs60plus.com was launched.

As part of our commitment to help more needy senior citizens, Nightingale Empowerment Foundation took the initiative to organize a “Jobs 60+ - Job Fair for Senior citizens”. 5 job fairs have been previously conducted and the sixth one was conducted on Sun 25th March, from 10 a.m. onwards. This Job Fair was conducted by the Foundation in association with St. Joseph’s College and few volunteers from a Corporate.


Rtn. Asha Prasanna Kumar, District Governor Rotary International District 3190, Bangalore inaugurated the Job Fair in the presence of Mr. Mike Shah, Chairman Nightingale Empowerment Foundation, Dr. Radha S. Murthy, Mr. S. Premkumar Raja, Founder Trustees of Nightingales Medical Trust.

In her address to the gathered senior citizens, Rtn. Asha Prasanna Kumar expressed her happiness to be part of this initiative.


PRE-EVENT PREPARATION:

To create the necessary awareness among senior citizens and employers, media was sensitized to the need for creating post retirement job opportunities for elderly and the need to give publicity regarding the job fair through Press release both in English & Kannada to create more awareness about the event.

Efforts were made to contact nearly 350 employers – those registered in the portal and others. Potential employers were also contacted through mail and through personal visits and invited to participate in the Job fair. Invite mails were also sent to well-wishers to further the cause and engage more employers to participate in the fair. 20 volunteers from St. Joseph’s college were oriented about the Job fair and 50 volunteers from a Corporate, the flow of the event and the process of registration.


THE FLOW OF JOB FAIR:

Registration Desk: 622 needy elders from various backgrounds - engineers, technicians, supervisors, administrators, teachers, accountants, professionals etc. participated in the fair. They were welcomed by volunteers. Elders were provided with the registration form, welcome kit along with a token number.

Waiting Area: After completing registration, elders were made to wait in the hall for their turn to meet the employers.

Employers Banners: Names of Employers participating in the fair, types of vacancies available were displayed though banners at the premises.

Registration Data: Registration data was captured.

HR counseling: Trained volunteers discussed the job preferences with the seniors and top 3 preferences were entered in the Registration Card.

Employers Helpdesk and Employer Booths: Volunteers at Employer Helpdesk helped to assign booths to the employer as soon as they arrived. Volunteers were placed near Employer booths to ensure smooth flow of elders attending interviews and to track the no. of elders attending interviews at each booth.

23 employers participated in the Job Fair. The employers included Institutions, Retail outlets, Builders, Logistics Firm, Trusts, Healthcare, Hostels etc.


FEEDBACK FROM EMPLOYERS:

“Kudos to team NEF for organizing and conducting Job Fair in an exemplary manner.”

Hatti Kaapi

“It was a very nice gathering and participation was more than expected and it’s an honor to be associated with you to empower the Senior citizens. We remain to have more opportunities to participate again and again to help the community.”

Salarpuria Sattva Group


FEEDBACK FROM SENIOR CITIZENS:

“It was a fair very well organized. Thank you to team NEF to have given us an opportunity to get employed. Will always be grateful”.

Mr. Vishwanath Shetty. K

“What you did was much appreciated. Fair was very well organized and senior citizens were treated really well. Volunteers were courteous and treated the seniors with respect”.

Mr. Samuel P. Emanuel


OUTCOME:

Particulars Stats
Employers Participated 23
Elders Registered 622
Elders Employed 93
Elders Shortlisted for the second round 321

POST- EVENT PRESS CLIPPINGS


CONCLUSION:

The job fair, provided a platform to connect the needy elders with the companies that are willing to avail their services. The Job Fair aimed to create awareness regarding the need to encourage ‘Active Ageing’, skills training; post retirement job opportunities and efforts like Job fairs for senior citizens would go a long way in keeping elders active and make them a contributing section of the society.

Nightingale Empowerment Foundation aims to continue to explore what “empowerment” means to senior citizens and expand its services to empower senior citizens to live a life of dignity.

Nightingale Empowerment Foundation thanks St. Joseph’s College, the volunteers from St. Joseph’s and a Corporate for their active involvement and making this event a success.