These days, it’s not unusual for older adults to retire, only to re-enter the workforce in their golden years. More often than not, this can be attributed to economic needs. After all, living on retirement savings and other benefits can make seniors feel the crunch, especially with rising medical expenses and a higher cost of living at present. Not only that, but some seniors also find their newfound free time boring and lonely, so they crave the stimuli of productive work.
Thankfully, there are ways you can return to work as a senior. The best part: there are opportunities you can take where you won’t even need to sacrifice your freedom so you can still enjoy the flexibility that comes with retirement. Below are some of the best options.
Leverage Your Expertise
You’ve already put in years — decades, even — into your industry, so by the time you retire, you’re already a walking encyclopedia of expertise and have many references you can call upon. As such, it’s a good idea to make use of what you already know by re-entering your field as an independent consultant. This is one of the best things you can do post-retirement, especially if you have a special skill and/or a valuable network, as it can be very lucrative, while also offering you a chance to do what you love.
Alternatively, one other great way to make use of what you already know in retirement is to go into teaching or research. This is a particularly viable option in a highly specialized industry like the sciences, and it’s a great way to remain active in the field without making it a full-time job.
Consider Remote Work
These days, the gig economy is thriving, and there’s no reason that you as an older adult can’t get in on it. In fact, thanks to modern technology, finding remote work is a real breeze these days. The best part is, there are many gigs you can do on your own time in the comforts of your home — all the better to keep up your retiree lifestyle. Start by looking to freelance job boards for opportunities in customer service, sales, marketing, writing, and more. Most of these job boards even have nifty apps to help you in your search. So, as a rule, make sure to highlight your strengths, skills, and experience to create a profile that really stands out.
If you’re going to be working from home, you need to have a home office that allows you to maximize your productivity. If possible, try to locate your office away from high-traffic locations in your home. Make sure you have enough outlets to plug in any equipment you may need. When choosing an office chair, look for an ergonomic model, which is especially important if you suffer from joint pain.
Find Out What Your Community Needs
Going back to work after retirement is also the perfect opportunity to do something different and meaningful, so if you’re craving a change of pace, you’re definitely in a good place to pursue it. Indeed, there are a lot of retirement jobs that you can consider that serve your community. For instance, seniors are often a real hit as babysitters, petsitters, or housesitters because of their trustworthiness and experience in the matter. Or, if you have a particular talent or passion, like dance or arts and crafts, why not teach it part-time?
Working in retail is also a feasible option that’s worth considering. There are many stores that hire senior workers, and these jobs can provide you with a great avenue to make use of your people skills. Ditto with sales jobs in various industries, such as insurance, which will undoubtedly offer you the challenge and engagement that you need. It’s a good idea to research the most senior-friendly companies in your area to see if you’re a good fit before preparing to get interviewed.
Suffice it to say, life after retirement need not be a dead end. Rather, it’s a time that’s filled with opportunities that are as fun and rewarding as they are lucrative. So go ahead, update your CV, and let the job hunt commence!