(Q, 1) I'M GOING BACK TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE to upgrade my computer skills because that weakness has been a deterrent in my job search at age 55. I was an accountant for many years at the same company, and always had assistants to type and do everything else on the computer for me. How do I start to "catch up" to the younger competition? What courses do I take?
(A) OBVIOUSLY YOU MUST FIRST LEARN TO TYPE. After that ask school career counselors to help plan a program to strengthen your resume. Updated courses definitely will do it. eFinancialcareers, the financial job marketplace, reports that talent scouts are now searching for programmers and data job hiring is on the rise. Wall street wants "tech geeks." The site found those with programming language and database skills are most wanted, followed by those with tech skills in risk, accounting and audit and compliance and regulation. Any of those added to your extensive accounting background will be an asset.