Having already led a full life, Aldona decided that she wanted to take up her studies again in order to re-enter the workforce. After completing her studies she took part in a training programme co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) aimed at older people, which ultimately allowed her to open up her own accountancy firm in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.
The unique IT training programme, organised by the senior citizen’s group ‘LPS Bociai’, helps participants make fuller use of modern IT technologies. It improves skills and teaches them about the latest computer equipment, programmes and networking services, thereby offering its students the chance to keep up with modern technology.
Aldona, who was born in the 1930s in a small village near Vilnius, grew up in a different world. She lived through the atrocities of the Second World War and under Soviet Rule, before finally seeing her small nation gain independence. After being widowed, she decided that she wanted to return to university.
“The computer courses allowed me to develop new skills and ultimately to do my work more efficiently.”
She returned as a mature student to become an accountant and excelled. However, she realised that something was missing. “The work of accountancy always comes back to numbers. And that means specialised knowledge and the right tools.”
It was at this point that she discovered the programme that would help complete her profile.
“The computer courses allowed me to develop new skills and ultimately to do my work more efficiently,” she says. “The lessons were a real help.”
She is now a qualified accountant and even owns her own accountancy firm. She trains and employs young people and helps a range of client succeed during tough financial times.
Describing her work she explains, “I spend a good part of my day out and about, meeting clients, collecting and delivering documents and presentations and selling our services to prospective customers.”
She has a wide clientele and really enjoys the challenge of helping other succeed. What is more, she is delighted to have the opportunity to prolong her career. “And why should I stop now? I have been around for a while, but I lead an active life and I think I still have something to contribute.”