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THE YELLOWTRUCK PEOPLESenior Times - January 2019Page 13REFIRE THROUGH RETIREMENTBy: Sherii Sherban, PublisherMany of you have achieved the coveted status of "retired. Do you find yourself living it to the fullest or are you wondering, “What now?” What are your expectations of retirement? Do you find yourself needing to fill a few extra hours each week? What about the things that were on your bucket list? Could now be the time to make plans to try to tackle one of them or maybe start a sec- ond career?offers a host of job opportunities that will allow you to see parts of the world without the cost of doing it on your own. Work for a company that organizes travel programs; cruise ships have all sorts of job opportunities from entertainment to meal preparation; become a tour guide; work for a hotel chain; seek out fun seasonal work; become a property caretakers somewhere you want to go; and so much more.More often than not, working after retire- ment is fueled more by personal fulfillment than receiving peak dollars again. Your time becomes your own again and while you will have to be responsible, especially if working for someone else, you can also choose how many hours a week you want to commit to doing what. Now, you may have the greatest options.If not, maybe you can help them design a pro- gram that works well for both of you.Share your knowledge with consulting. This is a great opportunity to transition with as much ease as you are looking for. You can work witha goal of filling your day from morning to night or work with just a few clients. Your skills and expertise can be valuable to employers through- out the state, or the nation; you choose. This type of second career can also allow for some of that travel that you were hoping to do later in life.In a time when many jobs offer an opportunity to work online or from home, there is also the possibility to phase into retirement, easing into a fewer number of hours each week at the office. Training your replacement and transitioning into a consultant position call also support this typeBecome an entrepreneur; it makes cents.of transition. This will allow for increased leisure time along with income, and possibly even con- tinued benefits from your job. You may even con- sider taking on different responsibilities during this time.a second career. Your previous experiences inthe workforce can give you the knowledge and confidence to get started. With a little adjusting it can become the perfect new beginning you’ve been looking for. The best part is that owning your own business allows you to set the schedule and the pace of the work. Before you take the plunge make sure to also take the time to learn the dynamics of running a business as well as the financial responsibilities.Yes, you can start your own business. It doesn’t necessarily mean launching a new product,but it could. There is so much more however, from running a B&B to making a hobby intoReturn to the classroom. Return to learn or to train others. Either way, there are nearly halfa million men and women over the age of 50that are enrolled in part-time or full-time under- graduate and graduate programs according to the Department of Education; many more in other training and vocational programs. This too, can become a second career as you take your exper- tise to the classroom through Lifelong Learning programs or other training programs through your local community college or at area businesses.Many of today’s retirees are viewing retire- ment as the beginning of a new and exciting phase of their life, rather than an ending.And while you’re looking at your personal future, phased retirement offers many benefits for employers too. Baby boomers are great employ- ees to have, even with reduced hours. It will cut costs for them while maintaining the most experi- enced employees. Surprisingly, if all baby boom- ers retired at age 65 there would be a significant labor shortage. Your employer might not offer part-time, or phased employment opportunities.Your best second career is to work on some- thing you love. Passion might not have been on the top of the list when trying to meet the needs of your young family. Now that you can choose, the most fulfilling second careers are found by making them an extension of those things that inspire you. As an example, if you enjoy kids, why not drive a school bus, work as a teacher’s aid, or in a library?Volunteering is beneficial for all. If you are not seeking extra income a rewarding and fulfill- ing endeavor for you could be volunteering. You can choose the type, ages, locations, and more. You can contact area organizations directly or work through organized programs. Reach out to your local volunteer organization for possibili- ties in your area today. Your efforts will make a difference in the lives of those around you and provide you great health benefits as well.Travel jobs for seniors can cross another item off the bucket list. 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