It ain’t over when it’s over: Pursuing career opportunities post retirement

Dec 19, 2011, 6 a.m.

So you're not finding retirement as fun as you thought you would? You're not alone. There are millions of people just like yourself who've discovered that retirement just ain't all it's cracked up to be. And they're returning to the job market in spades as a way of staying busy and making ends meet. The good news is, you're never too old to learn a new trade and land yourself a well-paying, skilled labor job . If you're looking for ideas, here's our list of 4 of the best post-retirement opportunities out there.

Freelance consulting

If there's an ideal way to make use of the broad range of knowledge you picked up in all your years working a skilled labor job , consulting is it. Many companies offer to hire back retired employees in advisory capacities so that they can keep them around to solve difficult issues or offer their invaluable expertise -- and lots of people just like yourself are taking their former employers up on the offer. But there are also numerous opportunities in the freelance market. Look for staffing agencies that specialize in pairing up freelancers with jobs in skilled labor trades .

Tutoring and mentoring

One skilled labor job that's always in demand is that of a tutor, but you don't have to stop at helping people with their homework. Whether you work as a freelancer or through an agency, you'll find plenty of opportunities on the market to share the vast wealth of knowledge and skills that you picked up in the course of your own career. If you need a place to start, check with the offices of your local school district, trade schools, or junior colleges in the area to find out about opportunities to share your wisdom.

Call center customer service

While it's not always the first job that pops to mind when you're thinking about skilled labor trades , customer service isn't a dead end. In fact, it actually comes with many opportunities to move up in the ranks. A combination of work ethic and the ability to adapt well to a computer environment comes in handy if you're interested in pursuing advancement -- although you might find yourself perfectly satisfied to get paid to shoot the breeze with customers on the phone all day and help out with a variety of issues, from providing tech support to approving lines of credit for credit card applicants.

Pursue a lifelong dream

Maybe you spent your entire life working in a busy law office, but always harbored dreams of running your own ice cream store. Just because you're retired doesn't mean it's too late for you to pursue a lifelong dream. In fact, there's no better time than now to make your move -- as someone who's been a contributing member of society for decades, you'll stand a far greater chance of being approved for a small business loan than others half your age. Now's your opportunity to try something you've always wanted to do, but never had the nerve or the time to try.

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