Fight Retirement Boredom by Working

If you longingly look forward to retirement, you're not alone. Most of us contemplate that glorious day with great anticipation. Retirement is the time when we can sit back, relax and enjoy the things in life that we might have earlier overlooked because of work and other responsibilities. After retiring from work, people often take up new hobbies, expand the attention given to existing leisure pursuits, spend time with family and travel.

While these things sound exciting to us when we have no time to do them, after a while we may wonder if our lives are still as meaningful as they were when we were among the 'gainfully employed.' Some people simply get bored with retirement. They begin to want something other than sleeping or relaxing by the pool to occupy their days. Let's face it; the thought of fishing for the next thirty or forty years just doesn't grab everyone.

Going out and finding another job after retirement may seem crazy to some, but it can renew the 'sense of purpose' in others. A degree of appeal may also be found in the fact that the retiree is now working predominantly for enjoyment and not because of the need for a paycheck to live on. Listed below are a few jobs that might capitalize perfectly on the sentiments of those retirees who're looking for a just little bit more:

Consulting. Why let all of that business knowledge and experience go to waste? Hire yourself out as a consultant to the company that you retired from and other firms. The best thing about this job is that you can work as much or as little as you choose. Companies will pay more for your services because they get a break on insurance and other benefits that they must pay to regular employees.

Work as a temporary employee. Temporary employees are in high demand. Companies that need a worker for a month or two typically don't want to hire a regular employee that they'll simply have to turn around lay off again. Temp jobs can be found for most skills and schedules, and are ideal for the retired person who doesn't want a full-time job, just occasional work.

Seasonal jobs. Stores and retailers are always on the lookout for additional help during the Holidays or over the summer. These are also the times when regular employees prefer to take their vacations.

Teaching the younger generation. Many college professors and middle- or high school teachers are retired businesspeople or other professionals. The knowledge that they've gained throughout their working careers can be invaluable to young people eager to learn from someone who's 'already done it.'

Work for a non-profit organization. Many retirees feel the need to 'give something back.' Working at a non-profit organization that you believe is helping the community can add another purpose to life.

Retirement doesn't have to mean being put out to pasture. Many seniors re-enter the workforce, and most make a lasting difference in the lives others.


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