Jayaram had skipped his afternoon siesta to stand in queue and fill out a job application. He is in his mid 70s, and like him, were hundreds of senior citizens looking for a job.
Some were there in the hope of financial freedom, some others, because they wanted to get out of their current living arrangement. A minority few were there not for the money, but to keep their minds busy.
The job fest for elders organised by Nightingales Medical trust, Jobs 60+, saw about 700 on-spot registrations. At an age when they should be reaping the benefits of retired life, many were facing issues like lack of support from children, inadequate financial security and hence, the need to stay afloat. Even an 80-year-old man had applied for a job.
The job fest organised for senior citizens saw a huge number of applications. “We have shortlisted about 100 elders for various jobs ranging from trainers to accountants, pharmacists, sales consultants and administrators,” said Arpana of Nightingale Medical Trust. She said that of these, only 50 would eventually be employed. However, those who registered and did not make the first cut need not be disappointed. Their resumes would be put up on a job portal, she said.
Insurance companies topped the list of employers with Freeman Insurance, Aviva and five other insurance agencies hiring at the fest. There was Medilab India and Eric Jacob who scouted for trainers among the elders. Some employers informed the organisers of the vacancies and asked to help fill them. “Those in there mid 50s also came in but we had to turn them down as are immediate concern was those in the 60 to 70+ age group,” said a volunteer.
Addressing eager and hopeful elders, J Crasta, president of Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) pointed out that FKCCI had 2,500 direct industry members and about 80,000 indirect ones and that he will ensure that the industries create jobs.