8 Great Part-Time Jobs For Retirees

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Posted on: 15 June 2016 by Sophia Beirne

Retirement can be whatever you want it to be, and that includes employment.

For many retirees, the thought of leaving the workforce can sound a little scary—dull, even. And while you’ve got plenty of potential hobbies and volunteer opportunities available to entertain and stimulate your brain, let’s face it: it’s also nice to earn a little extra cash. That’s where part-time jobs really come into their own. You can get a bit of everything you’re looking for, from staying mentally active, to getting some time to enjoy being retired, to maintaining an income.

1. Consultant

With so many years of experience under your belt, consider offering your services as a consultant. You can even do so with your previous employer, which can make the transition into retirement easier on both parties.

2. Tutor

As a tutor to primary and secondary school students, you’ll have the opportunity to keep a flexible schedule while helping the younger generation to succeed. You’ll also have the option to choose which subjects you would like to tutor. If you’re up for the challenge, you can even brush up on some of your rustier skills and opt to be a multi-subject tutor.

3. Writer

Have you been thinking about finishing that novel for years? Well, now’s the time. Even if it doesn’t get published by a major company, you can self-publish it via Amazon, for Kindle format. Many new writers choose this option, selling their e-books at $2-3 dollars per book. It may not seem like a lot, but it can add up if you do well! If you’re looking for a writing gig that comes with a steadier income, consider freelancing for newspapers, blogs, or any other outlet you prefer.

4. Professor

There are plenty of part-time positions available to university and college professors today that will pay you per course you teach. As with consulting work, prospective employers may be thoroughly impressed by the experience you’ve acquired, and therefore be keen to hire you. Academic schedules are generally pretty lenient, too, as you can teach short courses or full semesters.

5. Government work

Check out the variety of jobs available at different levels of government. You’ll be surprised at what’s available, and not all of them mean working at a desk! For example, the National Park Service tends to hire seasonal employees for park tourism and maintenance.

6. Home care aide

If you enjoy helping others with their day-to-day lives, you may find that working as a home care aide is a good fit for you. This type of work generally entails helping someone, often an elderly and/or disabled person, complete routine tasks like grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, and other errands as needed. Plus, you’ll be able to provide some companionship to someone who has limited mobility and perhaps not many opportunities to socialize.

7. Primary school staff

Aside from teaching, there are plenty of other opportunities within grade schools. Consider looking into jobs such as librarian, crossing guard, school chef, counselor, or other administrative positions.

8. Child care

There is no shortage of need for caregivers in this department. You’ll find plenty of job listings requesting nannies and babysitters to help working parents raise their children. While some nanny positions may be full-time and/or live in, most will be on a limited schedule that will equate to part-time or less.

When you make your choice of employment, just be sure to keep one thing in mind: you are retired and you deserve to enjoy your retirement. Don’t saddle yourself with a job you don’t love doing or a hobby that you aren’t very keen to see through. Let your interests and passions guide you.

Sophia Beirne is an experienced writer and tutor working at Career FAQs. She’s keen on new motivational tools and productivity hacks. She’s also interested in the new media.

 

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