1. Know Your Motivations
Ask yourself what your motivations are for continuing to work into retirement. Do you need to work to sustain your financial security? Or do you simply think you’ll be bored not working? Knowing what your goals are before you search for a job will help you figure out which direction to steer your search.
2. Know Your Capabilities and Your Limitations
Our strengths and weaknesses morph and develop with us over time. Something you may have once been quite confident in might not be your number one strength in retirement. Likewise, something that you may have previously considered a weakness may now be an asset. If your mobility is limited, consider looking at work from home jobs. Usually the best retirement jobs value your years of experience. Take some time for self-reflection so that you can pinpoint what you have to offer, what would be too much for you to take-on, and lastly, consider what you actually want to do.
3. Think About Your Interests
This is your opportunity to pursue something new that you haven’t yet had the opportunity to explore. If you love gardening, try working in a gardening center. Love pets? Try dog walking.
4. Monetize Your Hobby
In one of our previous posts, we consider what to do if your passion doesn’t pay. But in retirement, this could be your opportunity to monetize your hobby. If you would be making it anyway because you enjoy it, you might as well take it a step further and take a shot at making a profit!
5. Consider Staying with Your Current Job
It might be possible to stay in your current career, but to work fewer hours. If you love your job and want to continue working, but it’s time for you to take it a bit easier, try to negotiate a way for you to cut back your responsibilities.
6. Start Your Own Business
Have you always been full of great ideas, without the time to pursue them? In retirement you can try going for it. You now have a wealth of experience to draw from, and you have experienced friends you can refer to for advice as well.
7. Leverage Your Experience
Your experience has value that people are willing to pay for. If you don’t want to fully leave your industry, try becoming a consultant. You’ll have more control over the projects you choose and will still be connected to your career without having the same hours and responsibilities.
8. Get a Part-time Job
There are great part time jobs out there, and these could be perfect jobs for retirees. If you love being around people, and are afraid that retirement will isolate you, try working with people at a part time job like retail, as a tour guide, childcare, nonprofit work, or tutoring. If you want to work but would also like to be your own boss, consider freelance work as a bookkeeper, or tax preparer. If you want a real challenge, try learning a new skill and pursuing a job with it, like learning a new language and becoming an interpreter or translator.
Many of us look forward to retirement, but the truth is, it’s a huge transition and can also require some difficult adjustments. If you would like to keep working, you should go for it! Just be sure to consider your strengths, limitations, and interests! Retirement should be a time that you enjoy, even if you continue to work.
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