In many ways, networking was simpler before computers and the internet. We met like-minded people face to face and job hunting involved a personal exchange with a recruiter. Remember paper resumes? We joined interest groups and shared insights in person.

Now the world has changed and information is shared mostly online. Since many women over 60 are still working, either by choice or necessity, it is essential that we understand how to use the latest networking tools.

The good news is that there are many online networking groups for women over 60. Whether you are looking for a job, seeking a book or writing club or just want to meet other people, here are 6 useful networking groups for women over 60.

 
 

LinkedIn – The World’s Largest Professional Network

With over 200-million users, LinkedIn is the biggest social network for professionals. Don’t let the word “professional” put you off. It is true that many people use LinkedIn to create their online resume and network for jobs. It also offers hundreds of groups with interests ranging from photography to food blogging and entrepreneurship.

LinkedIn is an online tool, but when you have hundreds of people interested in the same things as you, the conversation and experience in the groups is amazing.

You can search for LinkedIn groups in your areas of interest. Some of my favorites are Project Eve, 85 Broads, and Women in Photography. You can also stay in touch with colleagues and classmates and get reminders of their birthdays and new projects they are working on.

Meetup – Neighbors Getting Together to Learn Something

If you would rather network in person and make new friends, Meetup is a good option to consider. It is the world’s largest network of local groups. You can search one of the thousands of local groups already meeting, or create your own. Just go to Meetup and fill in a simple form.

It is possible to set any criteria, so, you can gather a small or large group who are passionate about something specific. If you are interested in visiting museums, for example, you can call your group “Women Who Love Museums in (your city).” Or, you can join an existing group.

Meetup says that more than 9,000 groups get together in local communities around the world each day. Small groups can meet in cafes or parks, or movie theatres. It is one of the best networking groups for women over 60 if you want to get together in person locally. You can go here to see examples of Meetup women’s groups already organized.

Seattle Midlife Reflection for Women

Fun, Feisty and Over Fifty – Pleasanton , California

Sensational Sixties Social Club – Perth, Australia

Hong Kong Golden Girls – Hong Kong

Happy Gatherings in Birmingham – England

Sociable Sisters – Fostering Female Connections on a Local Level

A new group called Sociable Sisters has been formed for women living in the United States. The site includes a wide range of social and volunteer charity activities. You can search for other women using fields like age, marital status, local area, interests, activities and passions.

The idea is to pull together groups of like-minded women. It is a bit like Meetup, but, it also has an online discussion forum if you want to connect with women in other parts of the country online. Kind of like a pen pal organization. I joined myself to see just how it worked, and got lovely invitations and conversations from women around the United States.

Ellevate Network – a Global Network of Over 30,000 Trailblazing Women

Ellevate Network is a professional women’s networking organization committed women who are interested in work and entrepreneurship issues. They have members in 130 countries and run 37 professional chapters around the world. The main goal is to provide support for women who are still working or retired from business and who want to stay connected with higher education and skills development.

Their LinkedIn group is full of fascinating women who have a passion for supporting women of all ages in business pursuits. In my view, it is one of the most useful online networking groups for women of all ages.

Red Hat Society – Women Who Meet for Tea Wearing Red Hats

The Red Hat Society has been around for a few years! You often will see a group of older women wearing their distinctive red hats and gloves in coffee shops and meeting places round the world. They attract women, over 50, from all walks of life. They have a simple mission to embrace old age with frivolity. They say “silliness is the comedy relief of life and since we are all in it together, we might as well go for the gusto together.”

Underneath the fun and games, they believe that older women should stand by each other and embrace whatever is coming next in life. This site is definitely not for everyone, but, if you consider yourself a bit quirky, give it a try.

University of Third Age – Creative and Leisure Opportunities for Retired People

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a unique organisation providing online education opportunities for retired and semi-retired people. Their goal is to get people together and promote a passion for lifelong learning.

They offer courses, not for an educational qualification, but, to celebrate the sheer joy of discovery and learning! As they say “Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.”

It is a great way to network with people in person as well as online. They hold regular conferences and events. The U3A movement is well established in the United Kingdom, but there are groups all around the world.

There are some wonderful networking groups for women over 60. If you have any other favourites, please join the discussion.

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