Q. I'm in my 50s and have not worked for the last 30 years because I was a homemaker. My husband left me last year and although I received a financial settlement, I am running out of money. I know I have to work and I have no skills. When I left my secretarial job long ago I took shorthand, typed, filed and answered phones. I don't think anyone wants needs someone with only those skills today. What do I do?
Ans. Go to a temporary help agency to learn the demands for people with the skills you DO have. Then work with the agency to attain other, more relevant ones like knowing how to work on a computer. Also go to career counselors at your community college and sign up for beginning business courses. Stop at the college employment office too and see if there are jobs you can apply for immediately. You are not alone, and you'll meet many others in the same situation at all those places. It will help to have that support group.