Baby Boomers Search for Second Careers

From my US News & World Blog

Many baby boomers plan to keep working in some capacity after retirement. While some people will delay retirement because they need the money, others will take a job to ward off boredom and keep busy.

Previous generations of retirees may have envisioned retirement as a relaxing, stress-free escape from the demands of the working world. A more labor intensive and often physically demanding work typified earlier careers, and retirement was often necessary for a tired and worn out body.

However, the demands on today’s knowledge workers are more mental than physical. Many baby boomers, who have already begun to reach age 65, are far from physically exhausted and often have much more to give. Few of these active seniors have a physical need to retire from the working world. And many baby boomers are choosing to continue working well beyond age 65.

Delaying retirement doesn’t have to mean continuing on at a full-time job you hate. Senior citizens may feel they have had enough of their current career, after 30 or more years in the workforce. But many people still have the energy and drive to be active contributors to their community in a different capacity.

The challenge is to find a second career that will keep you engaged and challenged. Continuing in the corporate world may not be the best answer for people who want less stress or a more flexible schedule. Instead, retirement can be a time to explore creative new avenues, and put the skills you have cultivated throughout your career to work in new ways.

Your second career can be an opportunity to venture down an avenue that has interested you, but that you were unable to pursue due to circumstances. In retirement, you have the freedom to choose what you want to do rather than what you have to do. Consider a second career you may have wanted to be since you were a child, such as cartoonist or floral designer. Sometimes you can even turn a hobby into a second career by working in a wine store or becoming a yoga instructor.

Since you will have at least some money coming in from Social Security, a pension, or your savings, making a good salary isn’t the most important criteria for selecting a second career. Instead, you only need to make enough to cover the extras that your other retirement income sources don’t cover. This gives you more freedom to pursue fulfilling, but low paying work or take a position that helps others in your community.

Dave Bernard is the author of Are You Just Existing and Calling it a Life?, which offers guidelines to discover your personal passion and live a life of purpose. Not yet retired, Dave has begun his due diligence to plan for a fulfilling retirement. With a focus on the non-financial aspects of retiring, he shares his discoveries and insights on his blog Retirement–Only the Beginning.

This entry was posted in Healthy Living, Keep Busy, Senior Lifestyle and tagged , , by LoveBeingRetired. Bookmark the permalink.

About LoveBeingRetired

Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.

3 thoughts on “Baby Boomers Search for Second Careers

  1. Hello Dave. I loved this post. It was a great reinforcement for what I am doing. Good to see this reinforcement in print for some odd reason! I am retired and loving it now at 55 years old! I am a freelance writer and training as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and a Personal Trainer for older adults. Everything I do now, I love to do. It is amazing. The fact that I am just supplementing my income takes the pressure off of the need to earn so there is an ease to doing what I do. Thanks for the great post.

    • Excellent! Good to hear you are staying active, continuing to learn and bottom line enjoying the heck out of being retired! That is what we are all looking for but unfortunately not all will find. If you ever want to write a guest blog regarding your focus on older adults, let me know. Enjoy…

      • thank you! I would love to do that. The fun part is that when it comes to our physical self, aging gracefully is within our control.

Comments are closed.