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August 26, 2013

5 Part-Time Jobs Ideal For Older Adults

When the thrill of sleeping in until after the sun rises on weekdays wanes, it’'s not uncommon for retired professionals to feel a void after leaving the workforce. To fill this void, many older adults will pursue part-time employment.

Part-time employment is just one way mature adults can maintain an active schedule while working fewer hours and enjoying far less stress. Plus, employers often appreciate older workers because they’re typically reliable, and they bring years of hands-on knowledge to the job.

Here, we take a look at some ideal part-time jobs older workers should explore.

  1. Consulting/Freelance: If you’ve become an expert in your field, you take an abundance of knowledge with you when you retire. You can put that experience to work by offering consulting or freelance services. You can pursue consulting or freelance work through a professional consulting agency or independently seek out work using professional networking websites like LinkedIn. Companies often bring consultants in on a project-to-project basis and are looking for experienced workers who can guide them to success.
  2. Home Healthcare: The medical field is booming right now! If you have experience as medical assistant, you may enjoy work as a home health aide. Home health aides provide care and companionship for people who are ill or disabled. Mature adults are ideal for these jobs because they’re more compatible with older clients. More than a quarter of aides are 55 or older, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.
  3. Bookkeeping: Many small businesses, churches, civic organizations, and even small local governments often hire part-time workers to manage their books. This is a great opportunity for people who have accounting and business experience and who can navigate a spreadsheet like the back of their hands.
  4. Childcare: If you can’t get enough of the pitter-patter of little feet, offering in-home babysitting or finding work at a daycare or early learning center, like the Kendal Early Learning Center (KELC), might be for you. Summer camps, bible schools, youth sports programs, libraries, and community centers also often hire seasonal or part-time staff to help manager and mentor children.
  5. Teaching: If you have an advanced college degree, you may be eligible to teach at a local community college or career center. These institutions often hire adjunct faculty, and many like to provide students with an instructor with real-world experience. If you have teaching certifications, you can apply for opportunities to work as a classroom assistant or substitute teacher for local school districts. If you don’t have the credentials, but you have the experience, you can offer private tutoring to students who are studying in your area of expertise.

Want more information about part-time jobs for older adults? Stay tuned for our next blog, which discusses tips for finding part-time jobs after retirement.

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