The Locks Career Center offers special services and resources that benefit matriculating returning adult students, continuing education students and Moore alumnae ages 40+. There are new ways of interpreting what it means to have a ‘second stage of life’ career. As you prepare your ‘encore’ act, we will work with you to provide good solutions that respond to your needs and expectations.
There are several areas of focus where mature art and design professionals can capitalize on their life experience, skill sets and work record. There are also areas of need specific to the older alumna. The Career Center offers resources and networks centered on the following topics:
- Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses
Starting Your Own Business
A few facts about women in business
- Women make $.77 per a man’s $1 and 10 years after college graduation they are still 12 percent behind in salary compared to man doing the same job.
- Pennsylvania is 7th in nation of women small business owners; 6th in nation for the self-employed.
- Women start more home-based businesses under $35,000.
- 80 percent of all jobs in the US are generated by small business.
Proper preparation of business plan is essential when starting your own business. Mid-career advice is available from:
- SBA Resource Partners
- SCORE (Retired Executives)-Media, PA—every SCORE chapter has section devoted to Women
- Pennsylvania Women’s Business Center (for training classes)
- Non-profit/community service
- Education and government opportunities (public service)
- Technology/new media and communication in Art and Design
- Re-training and transferable skills
- Art and Design in healing/health and environmental sustainability
- Mentoring across generations
- Dealing with life changes/personal financial issues
- Opportunities for Master level artists and designers
Elements of a Grant Proposal
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Artists’ Residencies Websites
A comprehensive list of artist residencies can be found in the Career Center's Web Resources.
- If you are facing a career/life transition, check out related books in the Career Center Resource Library
- Gene Cohen, The Creative Age: Awaking Human Potential in the Second Half of Life—Inspiration and suggestions for dealing with personal and career change.
- Betsy Cummings, How to Find a Job After 50—Focuses on part-time, full-time, career moves and new careers.
- Marc Freedman, Encore: Later Life Careers—The advice is retool/don’t retire!
- Ron Zemke, Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers and Nexters in the Workplace—For the first time in history four generations are sharing the work landscape. Where do you fit in?
Related Websites for Professionals in Transition