Plus 50 Lifelong Learning


Wake Tech offers courses designed especially for adults 50 and over that can help you discover a new career, improve your job search skills, plan for retirement, or explore personal interests. 

At our Plus 50 events, you can sample courses and attend presentations from community experts on a wide variety of topics - small business counseling, long-term healthcare, retirement, beer brewing, flying commercial drones, and much more! Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming Plus 50 events. 

Check out these programs and resources:

Become an Entrepreneur

You may have dreamed of starting a business or turning hobbies or volunteer work into a money-making operation. Wake Tech's Small Business Center and Entrepreneurship Initiatives programs have resources to help get you started. Talk with an SBC advisor (live and in person!) in a free, confidential session, any time questions arise.

Launch Your Business

Retired to Re-hired!

Going back into the workforce can be daunting: You may wonder about your tech skills or generation gaps in the workplace - or you may be seeing a challenge you haven't identified yet. Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education division can help -- and the Career Transitions Forum is a great place to start. This unique, weekly series of lectures and networking activities brings professionals together to share ideas and experience in a supportive environment. 

Career Transitions Forum

Course Details & Registration Information

Career Transitions Forum: Lecture Series for Business Professionals
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Job Seekers in a Professional Field
This course offers support to professionals who are transitioning in their careers. The course includes lectures, activities, and opportunities for networking and support. Topics vary weekly and incorporate professional community resources that provide a current, real-world perspective on the job market. Participants will be able to identify opportunities and challenges and craft strategies for addressing them. Participants may enter the course at any time.
Course Objectives
  1. (1) have received and discovered new ideas and skills to incorporate into their professional repertoire for gaining employment;
    (2) have had the opportunity to evaluate, synthesize and discriminate information that is relatable and applicable to their job search and professional development;
    (3) have gained a current real-world perspective of opportunities, skills development and challenges for a career transition;
    (4) have successfully networked with other job seeking professionals.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Lectures, lessons or activities will fall under one of the following core components and competency areas: Assessment, Self-Concept, Employability Skills, Communication Skills, Problem-Solving Skills and Information Technology. Lectures and topics (titles) will be determined on the availability of the speaker, and would include titles such as, but not limited to, the following in order to support HRD's components and competency areas.

    1. Behavioral Interviews
    2. Power Stories: Pitches and PARs
    3. Critical Communications in Job Search
    4. Using research to Power a Winning Job Search
    5. Handling the Interview: Strategies and Tactics
    6. How to Really Prepare for an Interview
    7. Compensation - From the Company's Perspective

    8. Research for Winning job Search
    9. Income Tax & Finance Organization Tips for Job Seekers
    10. Wake Tech HRD/CRC Overview
    11. Leveraging LinkedIn
    12.Facing the Interview - Strategies
    13. Regain Your Vision
    14. Communication Strategies for landing a Job
    15. Your Rights as A Job Seeker
    16. A Recruiter's Perspective
    17. Getting Along in the Workplace?
    18. How to Overcome Stressful Situations So You Can Move On
    19. How to Increase Your Influence, Credibility and Confidence
    20. What Are You Worth?
    21. Personal Branding
    22. Networking: A New Mindset
    23. World of Triangle Non-Profits, Volunteering and Job Opportunities
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Materials will be provided.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
  3. There is no attendance requirement to successfully complete this course.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Job Seekers in a Professional Field
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
HRD Office
919-532-5694 or 919-532-5696