The Best Job Openings for Working Seniors
Guest posting by Sharon Wagoner
Many seniors are choosing to work through their retirement years instead of sticking to more traditional expectations. According to NPR, 1 out of every 4 seniors is still in the workforce. This change is motivated by a variety of factors including expensive healthcare, boredom, loneliness, and a desire to give back. Luckily, there’s a plethora of flexible jobs that would make a perfect fit for older individuals looking to make a return to the workforce. Let’s take a look at some potential options, such as non-profit work and tech-based jobs, to make your search easier.
The insurance sector is a great field for seniors due to the variety of available positions and the associated healthcare benefits. Whether you want to work as a sales rep, receptionist, or team manager, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in the insurance market. When searching for a reputable company to work for, be sure to check reviews of companies in the insurance industry (or any other field) from prior and current employees. You’ll also find other pertinent information about companies such as salary averages and management styles.
Seniors with decades of experience in a particular field can make a seamless transition into consulting for high-level clients who are interested in your unique expertise. Make sure you have a mobile device that’s up to the challenge of handling all of your clients and managing your busy schedule. Even though flashy smartphones can be expensive, a reliable device is a must-have for professionals today. Fortunately, you’ve got a wide selection of smartphones each catering to a unique need. Several providers even offer newer phones at discounted prices. Scan the market and find the phone most suited to your needs. Currently, the iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy S10 are two of the most popular phones for Apple and Android, respectively. They both include excellent battery power and beautiful displays.
Tutoring is a perfect fit for seniors who enjoy teaching and working one-on-one with students. This position gives you the freedom to choose your own hours, the age of your clients, and the subjects on which you prefer to focus. As a tutor, you can choose to work with an established company or accumulate your own clients over time. Both options provide you with flexibility and decent pay. It’s advisable to specialize in a particular subject such as math or Spanish language instead of attempting to provide tutoring for everything. You should also encourage fun when tutoring by providing games for the student, in order to help them learn more effectively.
For seniors that have previous experience working in finance or business might consider becoming a bookkeeper to earn some extra income. Companies both large in small and in every industry are in need of someone to handle their records, expenses, income, and other important information. It’s a well-paying position that doesn’t require any physical labor and can help keep your mind sharp. You can even take up freelance accounting and work from anywhere.
Working for a non-profit could be a great opportunity for seniors who are already volunteering a lot of their time. Despite the misleading name, there are employees that earn a livable wage from working in a non-profit. You could start by simply inquiring about employment opportunities with organizations which you’re already volunteering for. There are also online job boards dedicated to paid non-profit positions.
Getting to the point of retirement doesn’t mean that you have to stop working altogether. In fact, working can help keep your brain sharp, decrease feelings of isolation, increase your standard of living, and bring about a host of other benefits. Finding a flexible position with solid pay and good benefits can ensure an enjoyable retirement.
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