August 24, 2022 — So many people look forward to their retirement, and then when it happens, blah. Maybe they go on a river cruise, play a lot of golf, or finally get the garage sorted out. But after the initial rush, many retirees find they miss the daily interesting people and challenges they had in their previous careers. So here are some unusual opportunities that you might consider – either for a season or even a few years.
nextavenue.org recently profiled a couple, Jane and Mark Tafel, who have taken advantage of some fantastic opportunities since they retired. Their 3 month stints included working at a contemplative retreat in Washington state doing gardening, communication, and odd jobs – with housing provided. They have also had jobs at a lodge on Lake Superior, Bryce Canyon National Park, and teaching English in India and Tanzania. They loved all of those jobs, while taking them on in 3 month increments allowed them to be home for holidays and family events. The Tafels use the website Coolworks, which has a section called “Older and Bolder.” The website is a fantastic resource, which not only has plenty of jobs posted in all kinds of categories, but also has helpful articles on how to organize your search, including how to identify any must haves and possible deal breakers.
What is available by category
We took a look at the Coolworks website to see what kind of positions might be available for baby boomer aged retirees. Here are some of the categories with job offers on their site. Some jobs are volunteer opportunities, most seemed to be paid.
Driving and Transportation
Garden and Farms
Guides and Trip Leaders
Jobs with Bikes, Fish, and Animals
Jobs with Housing
Lodges and Resorts
Jobs with RV Parks
Of course coolworks is not the only resource for finding a great gig in retirement. Other sites include Retired Brains.com, RetirementJobs.com, RentaGrandma.com, and the AARP Job Board, among others.
You can also check out volunteer opportunities in your community, or with organizations you are familiar with. We know people who volunteer to teach English as a second language, mentor students, help older folks in the senior center, act as a mediator in civil cases, and act as tour guides. The possibilities seem to be endless, so if you are feeling a little empty in your retirement, get busy! Exploring the possibilities is just part of the fun.
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