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With worker retirements looming, IT starts to prepare for a workforce exodus

Fred O'Connor | Aug. 22, 2013
With 10,000 U.S. baby boomers turning 65 every day until 2030, the IT industry is among those that must plan how its workforce will be impacted when these employees eventually retire.

Jose Alvarado recently began volunteering at a nonprofit that helps homeless families after he retired from Hewlett-Packard.

Through the Encore program, which HP participates in, and his own efforts, Alvarado is volunteering in both those roles. Alvarado recently began volunteering for 20 hours per week at the Homeless Prenatal Project, which provides poor and homeless San Francisco families with resources to improve their lives. In September he will start teaching a data networks course at the University of the People, a nonprofit that offers free academic courses online.

In both roles, Alvarado draws on his enterprise IT career, which spanned nearly 23 years at HP. His background in data networks as a software engineer has proved useful at HPP and UofP, he wrote. HPP has a medium-size computer network and uses cloud services. "I am also learning quite a lot as a member of the HPP Technology Team. Additionally, I have used my knowledge in network security to perform vulnerability testing on HPP public internet interfaces."

His transition into volunteer work has been gratifying.

"The idea of a second act for the greater good just sounded perfect for me after leaving HP," he wrote. "I see my fellowship as both an interesting/stimulating part-time job and an excellent opportunity to help HPP's wonderful mission."


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