Second Career Ideas for Retirees

Second Career Ideas for Retirees

The idea of “retirement” used to invoke images of an unhurried lifestyle, filled with leisurely strolls, reading a book on the front porch, or quiet days spent gardening. Times have certainly changed! Today’s active, intelligent, and vibrant retirees may be leaving their full-time positions and careers but are looking forward to their “second act” in life. According to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, seventy-four percent of retirees plan to continue working. Whether you are motivated by financial concerns or a desire to stay engaged, consider the exciting array of opportunities that lie ahead.

The opportunities for retirees to use their skills and energy on a new professional venture are endless. Whether you are looking for a second career after retirement or have a fun job in mind you’ve always wanted to pursue, consider some of these options for this exciting new chapter.

Ideas for a Second Career

Use your career-skills as a consultant.

Consultants can make a fair amount of money for their services because they are in high demand. The skills, insight, and advice you can share from a lifetime of working in a specific industry is invaluable and can be marketed to help smaller start-ups grow their businesses. The benefits of working as a consultant? You can choose the amount of hours you are willing to devote to each project, giving you the freedom to work part-time or take extended periods of time off.

Stay in your field, but take it down a notch.

You may have loved what you’ve done during your career, but simply want to cut back on the full-time commitment. For example, if you’ve retired from teaching after decades of work in this noble profession, but would like to find something less time-consuming and all-encompassing than having your own full-time classroom, you might like to work as a substitute teacher, a part-time tutor, or teach a fun after-school class in your field of study. If you worked as a science teacher, consider the fun ideas you could explore in a class filled with fun, child-friendly experiments.  If you worked as an accountant or CPA, you might consider going into part-time tax preparation during tax season, or managing the financial books for small local businesses.

Try something brand new.

A career change at 65 years or older can sound a bit daunting, but embrace the idea of doing something that you’ve never been able to do because of financial and family obligations. Second careers can be exciting. It can be a big venture, like starting your own company, or small one, like taking a part time job working in your favorite store, amusement park, or restaurant.

Take a hobby and turn it into a new career.

Do you love to cook? Consider starting a catering company. Have you spent years impressing friends with your baking skills around the holidays? This may be your chance to open up a little bakery or cupcake shop. Enjoy crafting? A local craft-related store or community college may be looking for someone to run crafting classes for children or adults.

Go back to school to earn a certificate, license, or degree.

Always dreamed of teaching but got caught in a long business career? It’s not too late to go back to school and get a teaching degree and any credentials you may need to get a position. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to serve others in a healthcare-related field. Choose from these second career options in the healthcare field that start with a more specialized degree or training:

  • Nutritionist
  • Physical therapist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Home health care aide

Before leaving your full-time career, make sure you have a financial plan in place to give you the peace of mind you need as you embark on a second career after retirement. With research, preparation, and support from your network of friends and family, you can look forward to new opportunities and exciting adventures in the years ahead.