Late Entry Into the Workforce?
January 5, 2012 6:25 AM Subscribe
How can someone enter the workforce later in life - with absolutely no experience?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
My brother is 28 and is charming, smart, and personable. The problem is, the entirety of his work experience until this point has been, let's just say, less than legal. However, he did have a lot of responsibility in this previous work and is capable of management to at least some degree - just nothing he would be able to tell a potential employer about.
He's finally moving on from that lifestyle after having toyed with the idea for several years, but one thing he knows he'll have to struggle with is finding a job without a single thing to put on his resume, aside from the warehouse position he had for two weeks last year and was fired from for not showing up.
In order to help ease his transition into a more healthy second stage of his life, I want to find as much information about the subject as I can, but I have no idea where to start. He's overwhelmed with all of the changes in his life right now, so ideally I'd like to be an educated resource for him when he does try to enter the workforce.
A bit more about him: He did one semester of college when he was 18 after nearly dropping out of high school several times, but stopped after a year. Afterwards he went to one trade school briefly, but left. Now he has been thinking about going to another trade school with the money he has saved, but seems hesitant about it - possibly for good reason, as he never was able to feel comfortable in academics.
How does he explain the missing decade to a potential employer? What sort of jobs or companies are more open to hiring someone in his position? What skills could he try to learn that wouldn't put him 10 years behind anyone else learning those skills? And a hundred more questions I can't even think of.