There are many interesting and unique job opportunities for seniors. Despite the initial thoughts some may have about having “aged out” of the workplace, you need to consider all the advantages a little age and experience brings with it.
For one thing, you have a proven track record. You didn’t get to this stage in life without taking on some responsibility.
Whether you’ve had many years with one company or several--or if your experience comes solely from the volunteer world, potential employers will appreciate what you have to offer.
Here are some great jobs for semi-retirement you may want to consider:
Do you love to read and research? Do you enjoy helping others do the same? This could be the job for you.
Duties may include answering questions, helping people check out books, shelving books and cataloging.
Qualifications may include experience working in libraries, but not necessarily. Skills that would help are word processing, data entry and online searching, ability to keep accurate records, an understanding of library procedures and general secretarial skills.
Home Care Aid
If you would like a job with a lot of personal satisfaction and the ability to make a difference, this could be for you.
Typically, you’ll be helping the elderly, ill or disabled people with everyday activities ranging from bathing and getting dressed to running errands. Other duties may include light housekeeping, companionship, grocery shopping and meal preparation.
These jobs are often booked through a home care agency. Some employers may require a certified nurse assistant (CAN) certification. CPR training and a driver’s license are helpful.
Do you love tinkering and fixing things around the house? If you decide to become a handyman, figure on a wide range of jobs from tightening loose door handles to woodworking, plumbing, electrical, and even painting projects.
The nice part is, if you’re the owner, you call the shots and make your own schedule.
There may also be structured opportunities working part-time with for building owners who would hire you to perform basic maintenance.
Many in this business charge anywhere from $10 to $20 dollars an hour and up, depending on experience and the project.
You’ve just spent the last thirty years in a career. Chances are, you have a lot of information and knowledge to pass along to a new generation of workers.
Many universities hire former or retired executives and employees from companies to teach extension classes. Often this requires a teaching certificate that may mean some time and financial investment on your part, but it could be well worth the effort.
You can contact your local university directly to see if there are positions available and what the requirements are.
How would you like to get paid to shop, eat and travel? More retirees are becoming mystery shoppers than ever, and major companies from McDonald’s to Nordstrom’s love hiring them.
In fact, most U.S. major retailers hire some sort of mystery shoppers on a regular basis.
Be careful, however. There are a lot of scammers out there claiming to be companies that hire mystery shoppers.
Regulators warn of unsolicited texts and e-mails offering mystery shopper jobs that don’t exist. A sure sign of fraud is if someone sends a bogus check to cover expenses with instructions to deposit it and wire some of the money back.
If you’d like to learn more about being a mystery shopper, a good place to get started is the National Association Of Mystery Shoppers.