Have you retired from your career, but are not ready to stop working quite yet? Would you consider taking on a part-time job?
An increasing number of employers plan to hire part-time help this year, with many of these positions offering good pay and perks. An amazing 72 per cent of adults age 50 and older say they want to keep working after they retire and nearly half of retirees say they either have worked or plan to work during retirement. The number of people in the worker force aged 55 and over is increasing, with an 8 per cent increase from the year 2000 to 2014.
Why Work Part-Time After Retirement?
Most retirees state that it is not about the money, but rather about being able to stay mentally and physically active. Although most retirees would like to earn a little extra money, part-time work provides more than just a paycheque. Meeting new people and utilizing skill sets are important aspects of working as well.
Retirement is about taking things down a notch, so going back to a 9 to 5 job would probably not top everyone’s list of things to do. Many retirees tend to look for part-time or seasonal work that provides a decent wage, reflects their years of experience, has a flexible schedule and provides the opportunity to give back to the community.
Here are 5 part-time jobs that are full of potential:
1. Tutor/ Teaching Assistant
Why it is Good for Retirees: An excellent opportunity to share the knowledge of what you know best. It is a versatile job with many possibilities. There are opportunities to teach people of all ages and abilities in classrooms, home settings or workshops. The best part is that there are always people looking to learn a new skill, and if it is something you have spent your life doing you can have the chance to impart your knowledge and share your passion.
2. Research Assistant
Why it is Good for Retirees: Use your wealth of knowledge from your years in the workforce, putting that insight to use while indulging your curiosity. Research assistants are needed in many fields such as social sciences, clinical work and laboratories.
3. Library Assistant
Why it is Good for Retirees: You can often leverage your years of career experience (particularly if you have experience working in a library or other educational setting), in place of an associate’s degree. It is a great opportunity to be around people and offer advice and share knowledge.
4. Tour Guide
Why it is Good for Retirees: Enjoy an active and entertaining job in the hospitality industry and have the satisfaction of showing visitors around your city – allowing them to see it from a local perspective. Use your own experiences and knowledge to provide historical accounts, make recommendations and paint a vivid picture of where you live. The best part is, you do not really need any previous formal training or education – just a strong knowledge of the area. Practical knowledge trumps any education or formal training.
6. Retail Associate
Why it is Good for Retirees: There are many part-time or seasonal opportunities available – perfect if you are unsure if you would like to work year-round. It is a fairly straightforward job that allows you to interact with people on a daily basis and keep your mind active. Another upside is that there are usually retail positions available and it can be a fairly easy job to find – regardless of where you live.