Most of us spend our lives working according to our jobs. After we retire, we finally find a job that works according to us.
Until recently, retirement was seen as the end of the career. Aging at home drove many individuals to social isolation, leaving a void that had to be filled. For this reason, many older adults that transition into retirement need to be conscious of their mental wellness.
The new retirement lifestyle
The most successful retirees I know, on the other hand, have a different mindset. Looking for opportunities to step outside their comfort zone by looking for new careers or just improve their financial comfort. These days, occasionally working post-retirement is part of the retirement lifestyle for many who wish to stay active.
Many surveys have indicated that the number of older adults working in companies has been consistently increasing for some time. Moreover, a job after retirement would keep you financially healthy and mentally satisfied. Here are some suggestions for ways to find some employment opportunities after you have decided to not hang the boots:
1. Talk to your previous employer
If you have a good relationship and understanding with your previous employer, then this might be the easiest and best option to explore. Employers rarely want to miss out on the chance of getting a hard-working employee back on board.
Did you spend time throughout your career mentoring or training colleagues and direct reports? Then there’s a possibility that you would enjoy working with youth, teaching, or tutoring them. Your understanding of math, English, a foreign language, or any other subject will surely get you plenty of students. Try approaching your local schools to learn about opportunities like these.
3. Writing blog posts - like this one!
Start your own personal blogs, or start contributing to other blogs such as the Mon Tonton blog. If you’re interested in doing so for us, we’d love to hear from you!
4. Make use of your talents in the digital World
You can even sell your skills online by, for example, contributing your prized photos to stock photo websites. Another exciting option is becoming a social media page manager for a company; this is something you could easily do from the comfort of your own home.
5. Sell the fruits of your labor online
Many websites make it easy for you to sell homemade products online these days. If you have a hobby like painting or making custom textiles, you should check out platforms like Etsy or Shopify. There are even platforms like Yummit that let you sell homemade meals; they pick up and deliver the food you’ve prepared. Yes, the demand for ‘Home Made Food’ really is on the rise as people are becoming more and more pressed for time.
In all the years that you’ve worked, you’ve made some hard-earned experience. Passing on valuable tips to newcomers or the ones in need in the form of consultancy services can earn you a nice side income. If you’ve had a job in the accounts department or tax department or any other field, you can provide advice on such matters.
Simply create a good bio and list the services that you can provide and the rate at which you are willing to work. The good thing about freelancing is that you set your own hours and chose your own projects.
Mon Tonton - Community for senior wellness
Older adults that transition into retirement are often prone to social isolation. The void that many experience with the loss of the social circle and stimuli we get from our work can often come as a surprise.
At Mon Tonton, we provide community to help engage our members in activities and events, making it easy to find new engaging activities to take on in retirement.
Are you interested in learning more? Join the waitlist here, and you’ll be the first to know when Mon Tonton beta is ready!