7 Senior Jobs That You Will Enjoy

by Calyn Ehid
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Entering retirement might be something that you’ve been looking forward to your whole life. Finally a time where you can relax, pick up some fun hobbies and enjoy your later years. You may even move to a senior apartment complex or retirement community to be surrounded by others who are in your same position. These communities are a great place to spend your retirement because they have many inclusive activities that foster lasting friendships.

But not everyone over the age of 60 is ready to jump into retirement. You might be ready to give up your current job for something a little more relaxed, but that doesn’t mean that you want to quit working altogether. Luckily, there are plenty of jobs that cater towards seniors. Even if you previously weren’t working before, it is never too late to join the workforce.

7 Senior Jobs That You Will Enjoy

One of the major complaints of senior citizens is that isolation and loneliness can be all consuming. If you are far from your family and have lost a spouse or partner, you might be living alone in your home, wondering what to do and who to speak to on a daily basis. There are plenty of ways that you can combat this loneliness, and one of those ways is to get a job that you go to full-time or part-time. Keeping busy during your senior years can make you happier and healthier overall.

Because you are of a certain age, you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself to work a taxing, full-time job. A twice-weekly volunteer opportunity or a part-time local job might be just right for you. Let’s explore some great job ideas for senior citizens so you can choose one that is right for you.

Part-Time Teaching/ Substitute Teacher

If you were previously a teacher and decided to give up the Monday through Friday routine, it might be a great idea to look into part-time or substitute teaching. If you decide on a part-time position, you might be working a few days a week, or everyday, just shortened hours. You can discuss with the principal of the school what you are looking for and then they will try and accommodate your schedule.

If you want to go the substitute route, then you could be called at random from a number of different schools that you are registered with to come in and teach when their current teacher is out sick. You will usually get a phone call the night before or early in the morning, so it is best to always be prepared. If you don’t have your teaching degree, you can always explore tutoring opportunities that don’t require certificates. This can be a great way to interact with students and fill your day with meaningful activities.

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If you raised your own children, you will have years and years of experience with children’s behaviors and temperaments so becoming a nanny as a senior citizen might be the perfect opportunity for you. If you are a grandma or grandpa, you might already be surrounded by grandchildren and adding some more children to the mix might brighten your day. If you never had children, this might be the perfect opportunity to experience caring for children that you missed earlier in your life. Either way, being around children on a daily basis can brighten your mood and your spirit.

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Executive Assistant

A role as an executive assistant is a great job opportunity for an organized, computer-savvy senior. If you have mobility issues, you can rest assured that you will probably be sitting at a desk all day so you won’t be required to move around a lot. But if mobility is a concern for you, make sure that you address that point during your interview to get a realistic view of what your daily schedule would be like. In most cases, you will be planning meetings, organizing travel plans, ordering supplies and food, and many more organizational tasks for your boss.

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Customer Service Representative

As a senior, you have been through many life experiences that only come with age. As a customer service representative, you will be in contact with people of all backgrounds and this could be a great role for you to exercise your patience, acceptance and compassion. While not all customer service calls are negative, it would be handy to have a seasoned person on the phone to calm down an irritated consumer or client. If you feel comfortable speaking on the phone and conversing with people, then this job might be right for you.

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While most people think of bloggers as teenagers or 20 somethings, more and more seniors are flocking to the blogging world. It gives them a great opportunity to express their feelings or to highlight a hobby such as knitting, cooking or crafting. And there is money to be made here as well! Once your blog gets enough traffic, brands and sponsors will reach out to you to discuss possible paid partnership opportunities. Blogging can be a fun way to express your creativity as well as make some money on the side.

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Sell a Product Online

If you have a background in marketing or have always had that entrepreneurial spirit, then you might want to consider setting up a website and selling a product online. Whether it be something that you outsource such as clothing or a product that you make yourself like knitted blankets, selling online is a great job for a senior because you can manage everything from the comfort of your own home.

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Volunteer at Local Hospitals

If you are looking for an unpaid job opportunity then you should really consider volunteering at a local hospital. If you prefer to work with children, you can always go to a children’s hospital. They always need volunteers for plenty of tasks such as checking people in, making rounds to patients to cheer them up, and even organizing fun events for the staff and patients. Even though you aren’t getting paid, you will be amazed at how good you feel after putting in a day of work with people who are less fortunate than you when it comes to health.