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 Share you knowledge with consulting. This is a great opportunity to transition with as much ease as you are looking for. You can work with a 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 throughout 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. Your experience might be the perfect start to a new book.
Return to the classroom. Return to learn or to train others. Either way, there are nearly half a million men and women over the age of 50 that are enrolled in part-time or full-time undergraduate 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 expertise to the classroom through Lifelong Learning programs or other training programs through your local community college or at area businesses.
Become an entrepreneur; it makes cents. 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 into a second career. Your previous experiences in the 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.
Your best second career is to work on something 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 at a library? If you enjoy animals, try the zoo or an animal shelter.
Travel jobs for seniors can cross another item off the bucket list. The travel industry 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 caretaker somewhere you want to go; and so much more.
Volunteering is beneficial for all.
If you are not seeking extra income, a rewarding and fulfilling 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 2-1-1 for possibilities in our area today. Your efforts will make a difference in the lives of those around you and provide you great health benefits as well.
Enjoy being a grand parent. They may not say it but your adult children need you. Your grand children need you. And studies say that you need them
too. If you longed to be with your grand children but couldn’t find the time while working then you can take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect and help your children and grand children discover all that life has to offer.
If on the other hand you were blessed to be able to develop great relationships with your grand children then now is the perfect time to help them grow even deeper. Help them to experience new things and just love them. Grand children are one of the greatest gifts.
No matter what path you choose, choose this one for you. Discuss your ideas with your spouse, your children, your work partners, and your financial planner. And above all, take steps to take care of your health so that you have the energy to refire your dreams well into your retirement years.

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