The day I retired was one of the happiest days of my life. No more long commutes, office politics, and putting up with annoying bosses.
However, not everyone is happy being retired. If you were looking forward to traveling, it can be mighty expensive to take that cruise or dream vacation that you’ve been looking forward to. Since you’re trying to get by on less money, you may find yourself searching out free things to do, or just staying home.
Other retirees may not have money problems, but you miss that interaction with co-workers and feeling like you were making an important contribution to your company. If one spouse is used to being home alone, having the other spouse there all day can really set your nerves on edge.
The good news is that if you would like to reenter the workforce, there is always something you can do.
It’s natural to want to go back to the place you retired from, but that isn’t always possible. Asking yourself some important questions will help you zero in on your dream job. What kind of work would you like to do? How much money would you like to make?
Do you want to work full-time or part-time? Are you willing to train for a job or would you like to own your own business? Do you prefer a job greeting the public or do you prefer to work alone?
If you like to travel, consider joining a tour company as a guide. Cruise ships are often hiring and you could be an activities director or work in the gift shop. That way you get to see some beautiful country and make money at the same time.
If you like to camp, working as a campground host not only allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery year-round, but you will also meet different campers from all over the United States.
Do you enjoy swimming and being out in the sun? Apply for a lifeguard job, and you’ll meet a lot of interesting people to swap stories with. You’ll also have time to work on your tan.
If money is not a problem, consider volunteering at an animal shelter. There are always dogs that need to be fed, walked, and just shown some affection. If you are a dog owner, you may be able to use him as a therapy dog and visit nursing homes and hospital patients.
What kind of work would you like to do in retirement?