You Don't Have to Choose Between Your Job and Retirement

By: Jody Smith

Retirement jobs? Maybe this sounds like a contradiction in terms. When you retire, you quit working. Right?

Not necessarily. Not anymore.

According to About.com, a report from the National Council on Aging said that one out of every three Americans 65 years of age and older, were retired ... and working part-time or full-time retirement jobs.

But, you retire because you don't want to work anymore, right? Maybe not.

Some people retire from one job with an eye already on another one. This might be to bring a change of pace to their lives, to follow interests  their old job didn't leave time for, or just to have a little extra money coming in to supplement their retirement income or provide for health care coverage.

Sometimes people move into a retirement job because they need to for financial reasons, and sometimes they do it because they want to. It can be a decision made well before retirement, or it can be due to a sudden surprise when retirement proves to be boring.

Retirement boring? Say it isn't so!

Isn't this the time of life everybody is looking forward to for relief from the working grind? Well, not everybody.

Retirement can leave some people feeling isolated and cut off from life. A retirement job can be a great way to stay connected with their community, to feel useful and to live to the fullest.

This can be the situation for a senior who does not have friends or family or other support systems nearby. It can also be the situation for a senior who is extroverted, with an ongoing curiosity about life, a sense of adventure and a desire to give back to their community.

Whether you are presently working with retirement still off in the future, or whether you've retired and decided you'd like to dip back into the working world, you have plenty of options to consider.

A retirement job can originate from your present full-time job. In effect, you would work less hours without officially taking retirement and without changing your health benefits. It may be possible to receive your pension from this employer, even if you have a part-time retirement job with them.

You can of course leave your last full-time employer, and find a retirement job elsewhere. Some places actively seek out older workers, like AARP and the National Council on Aging.

After having worked and gained experience and skills over many years in your previous job, you may be able to make use of these assets by becoming a consultant in your area of expertise.

You can become a temporary employee, otherwise known as a temp. According to About.com, approximately 30 percent of these temporary jobs evolve into full-time ones.

If you'd like to upgrade your abilities and job skills to prepare for a retirement job community programs and government programs may be available to assist you.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for Empowher.com

Sources:

Why Seniors and Baby Boomers Want Retirement Jobs

http://seniorliving.about.com/od/workandcareers/a/retirementjobs.htm

Tips for Finding the Best Retirement Jobs

http://seniorliving.about.com/od/workandcareers/a/retirementjobs2.htm

Related Links:

Poverty Comes With Retirement For Some Seniors

http://www.empowher.com/adult-living/content/poverty-comes-retirement-some-seniors

Senior Living Arrangements: Independent Living Retirement Communities

http://www.empowher.com/relationships-amp-family/content/senior-living-arrangements-independent-living-retirement-communitie

Senior Living Arrangements: When Living Alone is No Longer an Option

http://www.empowher.com/caregiving/content/senior-living-arrangements-when-living-alone-no-longer-option

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