In an ideal world, thinking about the best jobs for seniors after retirement is uncommon because it is a well-deserved time for rest and relaxation.
Retirement is a time when you can finally put your feet up after decades in the workforce.
For a good number of seniors, however, it’s also a time for boredom and no small measure of financial insecurity.
It’s no surprise that many seniors opt to re-enter the workforce at this junction in their lives.
There’s no dearth of jobs you can pursue, making it a golden opportunity to learn new skills and enhance old ones, as well as do something truly meaningful with your time.
Here are a few worthy of consideration.
Sales is regarded as one of the best career paths for various reasons.
It can be extremely lucrative, with a median income of a little less than $55,000 for a lower-level role.
Not only that, it also hones multiple soft skills, has numerous opportunities for continuous personal development, and offers various challenges and rewards.
Best of all, jobs in sales are flexible, so you’re not limited to a schedule or location, making it perfect for seniors.
Selling insurance is a particularly compelling part-time gig, especially if you have a sales background.
Not only do you get to work on your own time, but you also have the opportunity to offer something truly meaningful to your family and friends.
Everyone can certainly benefit from an insurance policy, after all.
So if it’s a good fit, read up on life insurance options for your fellow retirees to find the ones with optimal value and go from there.
As a senior, chances are you know a thing or two about life (and pretty much everything else).
So why not make great use of this knowledge as a second career?
Study.com explains becoming a substitute teacher is a great option as you get to shape young minds while still enjoying a measure of flexibility in your schedule.
Not only that, many smaller school districts don’t require an education degree, so you can get hired, regardless of your background.
Alternatively, you can also explore other jobs in your local school board, such as roles in administration, bus monitors and drivers, and even cafeteria roles.
If you don’t want to mess with the commute or prefer a home-based opportunity, you can always become a tutor.
Working for the community is also a worthy way to spend your time and energy post-retirement.
There are actually numerous opportunities to serve your community at any given time, especially in smaller localities, so it’s a good idea to find out what’s out there.
Ditto with becoming a delivery driver for couriers and food apps like DoorDash.
You can also offer your services as a sitter—for kids, pets, and even houses.
Working for local businesses as a temp is also a great idea, so check out your local Craigslist and other job boards for temporary positions in retail, your local theater, and various offices.
And last but definitely not the least, consider working for yourself by starting your own online business.
Perhaps you have a large specialty collection or valuable antiques gathering dust, or books and records that you no longer read or listen to.
Why not make a business out of them by selling them online?
USA Today points out the internet makes it so easy to start a business these days, and it’s never too late to get on the bandwagon.
Are you ready to hang up a new shingle?
Indeed, going back to work when you’re past retirement is not really a question of ‘how’ but of ‘what’.
So play to your strengths, step out of your comfort zone, and kiss boredom and financial worries goodbye.
Guest Post by Christopher Haymon, AdultingDigest.com