There was a time when it was virtually unheard-of for seniors to be working past the age of 60 or 65. It wasn’t just that they were considered old, it was also generally thought that seniors just didn’t have what it would take on a mental and physical level to be able to contribute. My, how things have changed. Senior employment opportunities are more plentiful than you think.
As the year’s pass, redirection is expected to increase in a big way as more and more people choose to move to a new career as they near or reach their senior years. The main reasons are social, economic, and demographic policy changes across North America.
OPENING A NEW CHAPTER
Instead of eyeing retirement as they age, more and more seniors are considering the opportunity to begin an entirely new chapter in their lives.
A lot of people spend the majority of their working lives at a job they just did not enjoy. Often, they were well along in their years before figuring out what they wanted to do when they grew up. Some never figured it out until after they had spent 30 or 40 years at a job they never really liked.
A lot of changes as you age. You get caught up on your bills, kids grow up, and you pretty much have about all the material things a person could want.
It was important to have steady employment when being newly married, buying a house, and raising a family. Whether or now you really enjoyed your work was secondary.
RETIREMENT IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING
It’s amazing how many people retire and soon find out just how boring it can be to have so much time on your hands.
Sure, you can do the work around the house that was pushed to the back-burner because you were to busy working. You can take up golfing or fishing, or do nothing but sit around contemplating life.
What happens when the house is perfect? What happens when you figure out that even golfing or fishing every day can lose its appeal? What then?
How long will it take for your significant other to have you underfoot all day, every day?
Maybe it’s a good time to give some thought to what you would really love to do if you had the opportunity to join the workforce again.
When you think about all the knowledge you have stored after a long productive life, there are sure must be opportunities to find new pursuits and become a productive member of the community. There is no reason you can’t contribute to the economy because you are a senior.
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WORK OUT OF NECESSITY OR FULFILLMENT?
Some seniors simply don’t have enough money to stop working completely and have to find other employment out of necessity. Others want to go back to work for fulfillment.
Many times, those who are not in need of the additional income will choose to do volunteer work, and there are certainly plenty of opportunities to choose from when it comes to volunteering.
For instance, in my city, there is a woman who is 102-years-old and teaches new Canadians how to read. She always loved teaching, so why let age stop her?
Seniors are more than welcome to work with Habitat For Humanity and help build homes for those in need of affordable housing. What a great way to stay in excellent physical condition.
Seniors who work in paying or volunteer jobs are doing something pretty amazing for their quality of life and longevity by staying mentally and physically active no matter what they decide to do.
There’s a reason why in generations past that many seniors died shortly after they stopped working and decided they would just rest. It was sending the entirely wrong message to their bodies. In effect, they were saying that they were done. When that’s the case the body will shut down as there appears to no longer be a reason to stay physically and mentally sharp.
The other day I met a fellow who was 86 and still working at his original job. He looked amazing and was sharp as a whip. That’s what happens when you send signals to your body that there is still work to be done.
SOME EXAMPLES OF PART-TIME JOBS FOR SENIORS
Working a part-time job might well be the perfect choice for many seniors. It keeps them busy, provides extra income, and at the same time helps maintain their physical strength and mental acuity.
Being a CONSULTANT might be the perfect choice for some. Chances are you were able to learn a lot about your chosen field and would be an asset as a consultant for your company or another company altogether.
Teachers might consider being TUTORS, much like the amazing 102-year-old woman I just mentioned who loved teaching. What a way to pass on knowledge to future generations. The main advantage of being a tutor is the flexibility of when you work and how much you work.
Perhaps you have experience in the athletic to the field, why not work as COACH in the sport you love.
Should you have the necessary knowledge, why not do TAX PREPARATION or BOOKKEEPING? What a great way to stay mentally sharp and earn a bit of extra money.
If you love pets and are after more of a fun job, how about being a PET SITTER or DOG WALKER? Not only do you have the opportunity to spend time with the animals you love, but as a bonus, dog walking will keep you very fit.
Although these are excellent part-time jobs, there is no reason you can’t do them on a full-time basis if you so choose.
Maybe you would like to be a SCHOOL BUS DRIVER? Many seniors enjoy driving school buses for several reasons. The pay is pretty good and they don’t generally work all day. Most times they work in the morning to take kids to school and in the afternoon to take them back home.
It’s seasonal in the sense that when the kids don’t go to school, you don’t go to work. That includes statutory holidays, school breaks, and Summer holidays.
Working at a RESORT could mean either a full or part-time job, depending on if the resort is seasonal, like ski resorts for instance. In sunny climates, beach resorts are open year-round and there could be an opportunity for full-time employment if that’s the direction you want to.
Resort work might come with some very cool perks as well, so it would pay to do your homework and look for resort jobs that are a good match for your previous work experience.
There are many retail business opportunities that are seasonal work. Some good examples are major BOOKSTORES or CLOTHING STORES that are always busy and looking for help during the holiday season.
CHOOSING THE BEST JOB FOR YOU
If its a second career you are after once you retire from the job you had for most of your life, be sure to make the right choice for you. Do some soul-searching and decide what it is that you would truly love to do.
It makes no sense for a senior to work in a field that isn’t really something they enjoy doing. You deserve better than that after working for most of your adult life.
Every senior has talent. Every senior has a lifetime of knowledge and experience. Working a second job after retiring from the job you had for many years is an opportunity to truly enjoy getting up for work and doing something you not only enjoy but something you are good at as well.
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