Working During Retirement

Published:  29 Oct at 7 PM
Despite having only just celebrated their retirement, more and more individuals are choosing to go back into employment. There are many different reasons why this may be the case, a lot of the time it’s a choice they make because they have so much free time and one to get back into work just in a lot more relaxed environment.

If you are one of these individuals and feel that going back into work but on a part time basis, the first step is to actually understand what you mean by part-time and what you are looking to get out of the job. If you work shifts and, for example, get three or four days off because of the shift pattern, you may consider that to be part time, even though you might work 37 or 40 hours per week. Alternatively you may choose to volunteer for a local charity or association. What about a full time short-term contract? Might that constitute 'a part time job’ for you? Some sort of interim management role, for example, might fill the bill nicely if your motivation is primarily monetary and you would be quite happy to work full time for a limited period. Similarly, you could consider working in the retail trade over Christmas and/or during the sales. These are jobs that are full time but for a limited period. If you wish to do other activities on a regular basis, or travel, then this pattern of work may suit you better than a regular part time job. Job sharing is another route to explore and maybe the best place to start is your existing employer. If they are keen not to lose your expertise, they may be very willing to provide a job share for you. These are all questions that you might like to ponder before you start thinking about what work to look for.

Retirement does not necessarily mean giving up work for good. Indeed, work provides a necessary ingredient of many people’s retirement because they do not feel ready to put their feet up for good just because they leave their job at 60, 65 or whatever. There are a huge number of options for you. You can choose full time or part time jobs in either paid work or in the voluntary sector. You can work for someone else or you can work for yourself. The good thing is that you can choose, so choose something that you feel will suit you best. Before you rush headlong into it, stop, think and do some planning so that you make the right choice. Work can be stimulating an rewarding; if and when you come to choose work in retirement, make sure that you pick something that will enhance your retirement and make it the most satisfying time of your life.