Retirement. It sounds like a great idea, but in fact, fewer people are retiring today than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics only 11.9% of the workforce was made up of people 55+ in 1996, but that number has steadily grown and is expected to be 24.8% by 2024. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that nearly 9 million people 65+ are employed full- or part-time, an increase since 2000, when 4 million people 65+ were employed.
“The whole notion of retirement has been turned on its head,” says Kerry Hannon, a career and retirement expert and author of What's Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job. “How can we retire at 65 when we’re living so much longer?” Plus, many people simply have not saved enough to retire.
There are also many people who are choosing not to retire, or choosing to have a second or third career. And working, in and of itself, isn't such a bad thing. “Having a job keeps you mentally engaged and keeps money coming, staving off collecting social security or dipping into your retirement account,” says Hannon. No matter what your reason behind getting a job you need to know the best resources out there.
Online. Some companies actually label themselves as “age-friendly.” RetirementJobs.com hosts an "Age Friendly Employer Certification" program, where the companies included have met “best-practice” standards (such as management style, flexible scheduling, and health care benefits that tend to be senior-friendly). To find out more, click here. Other great job sites specifically geared toward the post-retirement crowd: Retireeworkforce.com, SeniorJobBank.org, and Workforce50.com.
New career. Get in on an industry that’s growing. Some of the biggest growing jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: nursing, retail sales, home health aides, office clerks, food service, customer service and truck driving. While you may have to head back to school in some cases, there’s a high probability that you’ll have a job waiting for you when you are finished. Another option to consider: a direct-sales business, such as Avon or Tupperware. The hours are flexible, there’s a social component of hosting parties and you can make a five- or six-digit salary depending on how much you work. Look at the Direct Selling Association member directory for legitimate companies that might be interesting for you.
Part-time. Working part-time means money's coming in, but also gives you a more flexible schedule. Jobs to consider:
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