The retirement our parents and grandparents knew is a thing of the past. No longer can senior citizens assume they will find happy nirvana awaiting them as they cross the retired age finish line. The reality is we are living longer (a good thing) which necessitates we provide for ourselves monetarily for a longer period of time (not a good thing). Safe investment is an oxymoron as retirees have seen 401k plans and retirement investments plunge over recent years, leaving many fearful they will never recoup their losses. The dawn of a new retirement that includes working for life has arrived.
With few options remaining, many senior citizens must consider returning to the working world to help make ends meet. But as we read every day, unemployment is at all time high levels and even more challenging for older workers in search of retirement jobs. What if we can never retire?
We have to do what we have to do even if it requires working after retirement. Before starting our job search, it makes sense to step back and evaluate just what kind of job we are best suited for and most likely to enjoy. We cannot always be picky but clearly understanding what we like and don’t like can help point us in the right direction for our retirement career.
Read a few pointers on how to profile the best job for you on Most baby boomers will work for life my latest post on US News & World.