It takes a little creativity, a whole lot of research and a pinch of luck to see, but there are job opportunities out there for everyone.
The working class today seems to get younger and younger simply because more and more people are driven to go out and see what the world has in store for them. More people tend to work at a young age because they feel the need to produce income right away for their families and to support the lifestyle that they want.
But that doesn’t mean that the older generations are being edged out of employment. In fact, there are still plenty of opportunities for senior citizens to get jobs that match their long-standing experience, while still providing solid income.
These are just a few of the jobs that suit the experience and expertise that comes with old age.
Work as a Consultant
Say a person has worked in fields like engineering, medicine, law, art, history, or really, any other field, there are jobs out there to consultant for a company or other people who are aligned with that industry.
The logic is simple. After spending years and years in a certain profession, a person can hone a level of know-how and ability that is only attainable through experience.
Nowadays, many people retire from their regular jobs only to immediately start consulting full-time or part-time with their previous employer or another company in their industry.
Consulting can give anyone a lot of flexibility, and a good salary usually comes along with it. Many people find consulting to be an ideal bridge from full-time work to full-time retirement. It is one of best possible careers for people who desire to have a good work-life balance.
According to the Denver Foundation’s Inclusiveness Project, consultants can be extremely helpful to organizations, as their experience helps other businesses navigate tried and true processes in their industries.
In the same way, consultants provide other professionals with the wisdom that comes from their past experiences, especially in helping younger employees avoid crucial mistakes.
Older consultants are especially helpful in navigating differences of opinion between members of a board of directors or leadership and the general staff regarding directions an initiative could take. They can even help bring out the voices of people with less authority within the organization.
For these and other opportunities, it’s best to consult a local job board rather than the large-scale aggregators. Looking locally will give you a better gauge of what’s available in your immediate area, and more opportunity to be seen.
Start a Small Business
Setting up a business is can be tricky, but rewarding. The professional adventure that comes along with it has attracted more people who retired from their careers to consider establishing their own Small to Medium Enterprise (SME).
There are various parameters to measure an SME.
SMEs make up the vast majority of businesses in most countries. According to U.S. Census Bureau Data from 2012, SMEs account for 99 percent of all firms in the U.S. and 48.4 percent of total employment, making them hugely important for economic growth, innovation, and economic diversity.
In any case, an SME can definitely entice an older individual to engage more on the outside world, all the while earning and learning.
From running a bed and breakfast to launching a new product, retirees can go in whatever direction interests them.
Entrepreneurship makes great sense as a career move for retirees. The experiences of a long career can give seniors the knowledge and confidence to make it a successful endeavor.
Plus, having your own business comes with one perk that may appeal especially to people who already worked their whole lives — you set the schedule and pace of your own work.
Almost any job or field expertise could be turned into a small business opportunity in retirement. However, it is important that a person understand the dynamics and demands of running a business. People going down this path should be realistic about financial prospects and needs.
For instance, many retirees opt to open their own retail busineses. They can start off selling their large collection of any kind – books, antiques, toys or any other collectibles.
If this is the path you go down, the internet can make the business set-up much easier because of the relatively low overhead costs of selling and advertising online.
Through sites like eBay and Craigslist, businesses can start rolling in a matter of hours. You can also use the power of social media and the versatility of your own business website reach wider audiences.
The most effective child caring professionals are those who have already done it.
One of the more popular ways for seniors to earn income is to go into child care. Whether they take care of a family member’s child or get a job as a part-time nanny or babysitter, their services will always be in demand.
The concept of “non-familial intergenerational interactions” appeals to a lot of people. Old and young people can bring new energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to each other’s lives.
However, interaction between the generations is not as simple as putting a baby and toddlers’ day care center in a nursing home. It involves planned interactions between elders and college students, school children, or youngsters in a variety of settings.
It may be good to mention that grandparents who babysit their grandchildren tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to multiple studies.
In this particular example, researchers for the journal Evolution and Human Behavior found that those who have helped relatives or strangers lived at least seven years after the study was completed. Conversely, senior citizens who did interact with younger individuals had an average life expectancy of four years.
The activities they can take part in together are simple, but diverse. It may not seem like a lot during the initial meet-ups, but research has shown that these interactions can have fantastic benefits for everyone involved.
In Australia and the UK, studies have shown that activities that include children and older adults in a daycare facility can increase self-esteem and promote friendship. In Japan, shared play activities have been found to result in greater smiles and more conversation for elders.
Again, there’s also that benefit of experience. Especially for seniors who raised children themselves, this could be a really fulfilling endeavor for everyone involved.