Contrary to popular belief, there are jobs out there that are open to seniors over 50 who are not yet keen on retiring. Nowadays, many companies and businesses are looking for workers who can work flexible work schedules regardless of their age. Older workers are easy to work with for these companies, and they are professional throughout the job.
Down below is a shortlist of jobs open to older workers that you can consider:
Are you a specialist in your chosen history and have accomplishments to prove it? Why not consider being a consultant and share your expertise? Companies often look for consultants for specific issues in the industry or to help with transitions.
If you have a passion for teaching and specialise in subjects that can help with professional development, being a teacher can be your career. Community colleges and seniors’ centres are often on the lookout for temporary teachers who can teach special classes like cooking, photography, art and other self-enriching classes. If you specialise in these types of subjects, it may be the career for you.
Being a courier can also be a career older workers can go for, especially now that online shopping is popular. You need to be on the move all the time to meet the delivery deadline, know your way around the area you selected as your delivery route and deliver the items safely to the customer.
4. Customer Service Representative
Are you someone who loves to talk on the phone? Do you like helping out people and helping them solve their problems? You can sign up as a customer service representative. In this job, you have to be familiar with basic computer skills and basic troubleshooting for the products the company is offering to customers.
5. Retail Salesperson
Being a retail salesperson is one of the most popular jobs older workers can sign up for because it has a flexible schedule, allows contact with others and offers high healthcare benefits, primarily if you work for a large brand. Salespersons are also entitled to store discounts, which work perfectly for one’s needs and interests.
6. Companion to People in Need
You can also sign up as a companion for people in need as a way to fulfil your sense of purpose despite your age. The job often entails caring for a person – usually a family member – with a disability or an elderly looking for someone to talk to.
7. Event Usher
If you are someone who loves live performances and events and want to get involved in them, you can work as an event usher for a theatre, cinema or events centre. When you are on duty, it is up to you to help event-goers with their tickets and direct them toward the right seating areas. If you are lucky, you can get a free performance out of it and share the experience on your company’s website.
8. On-demand Driver
Like to drive and know your way around? Sign up as an on-demand driver for companies like Lyft and Uber and make a career out of it. These jobs are very flexible in terms of their schedule and route, and even if you have no job history as a driver, you can still apply for it if you have a clean driving record.
9. Real Estate Agent
As an older worker, you can work well as an effective real estate agent. Since you have experience buying and selling houses, you can share these experiences with your clients who are buying their new homes and help them get the house that fits their needs.
10. Tour Guide
Some organisations and tourist destinations want tour guides familiar with the destination and what it offers. Older workers will have an advantage over younger applicants because they are familiar with the place for longer. They can help people new to the area to get the best deals and see new spots not included in popular tourist destinations. They will be able to share personal stories and experiences regarding the location.
Oldies are the Goldies
While there is a belief that senior citizens should no longer work and enjoy retirement, you shouldn’t let it stop you from working if you still want to work. There are jobs available for you to try and help you discover your passions. Even if you are already well into your years, you can still make a difference.
Looking to contribute to society? Here are some ways you can:
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