The 3 Best Ways to Re-Enter the Workforce In Your Golden Years

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It’s a fact that as seniors progress in age, they will find themselves confronting myriad challenges in various aspects of their life. This runs the gamut of potential physical mobility issues to problems that are emotional and mental in nature. Often with the latter presenting as a  more pressing problem, but luckily, it can be avoided. 

In truth, much of the emotional and mental troubles seniors face can be attributed to one surprisingly simple thing: boredom. Nobody likes to be bored, least of all seniors. Fighting boredom, therefore, becomes essential in maintaining quality of life in your golden years. This entails staying engaged and stimulated, and one great way to do so is by rejoining the workforce.

Interestingly, a good number of seniors are working beyond retirement, often by choice, to supplement their post-retirement income and, yes, to stave off boredom. So if you’re wondering what jobs you can possibly do in your golden years, you’ll be surprised at the possibilities. Here are a few worthy of consideration.

Go into sales.

Sales and other client-centric jobs are among the most popular jobs for older adults. This is because jobs in sales are often flexible in terms of time commitment, which works well for seniors unwilling to commit to a rigorous schedule. Not only that, sales jobs are generally social in nature, which keeps seniors engaged and makes great use of their people skills.

One great industry to consider getting into is the insurance sector. Not only do you get to enjoy flexibility, but it’s also a particularly lucrative industry. Best of all, you have the opportunity to make a difference as you help people prepare for their future. Start by researching insurance companies and narrowing it down to the best ones to work for. Glassdoor makes doing your due diligence easier by compiling reviews and other information of companies like LHLIC from past and present employees.

Of course, much of your success relies heavily on how well you manage your clients and sales. An ultra-reliable smartphone will be worth the investment as it helps you easily manage your schedule and communicate with clients. For Apple fans, the new iPhone 11 is truly a compelling gadget with its top-of-the-line capabilities and dependable battery life. The Android world is also not far behind with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which claims commensurate features and a sleek new look. Whatever model you choose, look for deals on data plans and devices that specifically fit your business needs. 

Provide expertise.

If you don’t want to step too far out of your comfort zone, you could also consider a new career in the field that’s most familiar to you. In fact, it’s really not unheard of for retirees to make their comeback as consultants in their field, banking on their expertise and experience to continue doing fulfilling work.

Alternatively, you can also choose to become a teacher or coach. As they say, those who can’t do, teach, and this is particularly worthwhile for highly specialized fields where experts are few and far between. Indeed, it’s a great opportunity to capitalize on your invaluable knowledge, as well as share this knowledge to help mold a new generation of workers.

Serve the community.

It’s a well-known fact that social connections do wonders in keeping seniors holistically healthy. With this in mind, what better way to hit two birds with one stone than by pursuing a career that serves your community?

Know that there are actually government initiatives that have this in mind, such as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), an offshoot of the Older Americans Act. This program connects seniors with local organizations in need of workers for various jobs. Not only that, but seniors also get access to additional training that will boost their employability. 

Outside of the program, you can also consider jobs helping your community in myriad ways, such as caring for kids, house or pet sitting, helping out in schools, and more. 

Indeed, there’s no real limit on what you can do in your twilight years. By rejoining the workforce, you have the chance to increase your self-worth, and kick boredom to the curb while you’re at it.

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Author: Sharon Wagner
Sharon Wagner not only runs the website SeniorFriendly.info, but she is also the author of The Ultimate Guide to Senior-Friendly Workouts, Fitness Gear, Healthy Recipes, and More. Together with her site and book, she hopes to provide helpful resources, info, and inspiration to seniors looking to live a healthier life.