Your Second Career: Finding Work After Retirement
Finding yourself after retiring from your career can be very exciting; it is a new beginning. With this new chapter of your life, you will get to take a look at things that really make you happy and what you are passionate about. Whether you need the extra income, or you need the personal contact with others, you owe it to yourself to pick the best fit for you at this time in your life.
Find what's right. What is right for you and why start a job search now? Think about these reasons before you take steps to finding a new career, because it will impact the decisions you will need to make going forward.
If your reasons for getting a job are based on the income you need, you are not alone. Research shows that 40 percent of the Baby Boomer generation is not sure if they will have enough money to live comfortably after retirement, so it seems that many are taking steps to make a better quality of life after retirement by finding their next career.
Take your time and really think about the things that you really get excited about doing. It may be a very easy answer for you if you have already chosen what you want to do, but for those that are starting at square one, it may be necessary to use some helpful tools to help you figure out what you really want to do.
What jobs work best for retirees? There are some jobs that are popular with retirees and Consultant is at the top of the list. You may find that consulting work can be very rewarding after retirement because it allows you to mentor others in your profession. It also allows you to be your own boss and decide which clients you want to take on.
Another possibility to think about - get an internship in a field to get a feel for it and see if it is for you. There are many internship programs out there for all ages and you can find them by going to job search sites, your local unemployment offices, and workforce agencies to see how they can help you. It is surprising how many really great leads you can find, including low-cost or free training programs in your areas of interest.
Don't be afraid to try something new if you are not interested in the career you had. This may be your time to develop a whole new you and dive into something you have never tried before - such as becoming an entrepreneur to start your dream business. Just make sure you have the funds you can take a risk with and do all the necessary research. There are many low cost start-ups these days and many could be right for you.
If there is a dream job you have always wanted, what better time than now to make a move? You don't want to reach the end of your life only to ask yourself "what if..." so get out there and get the job you want!
What Do You Think? Do you know any retirees looking for work? How has their experience been?
Anthony Cintron is the President & Chief Technology Officer of Resoomay, a cloud-based pre-screening tool that improves the job search process for recruiters and applicants. Connect with him and Resoomay on Facebook and Twitter.
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