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• Child care Services. Child care remains a constant need for busy families. You can babysit as needed for friends, family, and neighbors for extra income, or offer daily childcare services in your home.
4. Work as a Temp
Temporary jobs can be an opportu- nity for you to alternate work with lei- sure. These jobs vary, but might include general labor or office jobs, including bookkeeping, customer service, and data processing positions. Assignment duration can range between one day and several weeks and will allow you to still do those things you wanted to in retirement.
Take a job this week, pass one up next week or even let the service know when you will be out of town. Often times these types of jobs are more flexible in terms of skill sets, making them easier to get but may not have
as high a financial reward as a result. Surprisingly, you can even find temp jobs using Craigslist.
5. Find a Part-Time Job with Perks
Open your thought process to what perks might mean here. Part-time jobs are not often including health insurance but maybe you can take advantage of services they offer. It might be tickets to events, health club memberships or even reduced rates on merchandise or activities. Many sales-type positions offer these kinds of perks, even to the part-time employee. Often time part- time jobs pay less than a full-time posi- tion, but the perks can really make it worth it.
6. Give Back
A number of retirees want jobs that allow them to give something back to the world. Positions in healthcare will continue to be in high demand, nurses, CNA’s, or even a dental hygienist.
Consider working at an adult care facil- ity, a child care facility, or even your area hospital or doctor’s office.
Many retirees also enjoy volunteer positions, such as working with animal shelters or organizations.
The Peace Corps accepts healthy older individuals, who are valued for their skills and life experience. Volunteers benefit from the enrich- ing cultural experience of living and working overseas, and, as an addi- tional incentive, the Peace Corps allows legally married couples to serve together.
7. Retrain for a Career
Your local community college offers a variety of opportunities to learn new careers. You can become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or certified nurs- ing assistant (CNA) in as little as one year. Alternatively, you can get your foot in the door as a state tested nurse’s aide (STNA), which requires just a few months of classes. These options, and more, are available through area com- munity colleges.
Another option might be the Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) for retraining and
job opportunities for people 55 or older if they do not work and have had dif- ficulty finding a job. Through SCSEP, seniors can learn new skills while work- ing a SCSEP job at a nonprofit orga- nization, such as a child care center, hospital, library, and recreation center. They also offer seminars and classes, and partner with community colleges. Participants earn minimum wage and must work about 20 hours a week. But once you complete the program, you receive job search assistance in order
to obtain a higher-paying position. For more information call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627).
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