New Year: New Careers…

Posted on: 07 January 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

For many, early retirement can quickly be followed by ‘what next?’ If you have enjoyed a busy and fulfilling career and wish to stay active, being retired shouldn't stop you learning new skills.

handshakeHaving recently spoken with some friends, a number of whom are now ex- teachers, who took retirement at the end of the school year. It seems that after a holiday, a couple of months off and the buzz of the build up to Christmas the dream has now become a reality and it isn't all it is cracked up to be.

Well the grass is always greener, when we’re working we want to be lounging on the sofa, but then after the boredom has kicked in we want to be back out there working! So what’s the answer? Well it’s different for everyone, you have to find your own path, work out exactly what you want and have the confidence to go for it!

Here are our suggestions on building a new career that will suit you in 2011!


How often do you want to work? Have you decided that you’re missing the 9 to 5 or that realistically you only need to busy yourself for a couple of days a week due to all your other commitments. Perhaps you would like to work in the evenings or weekends, this can make way for jobs in hospitality or child minding, get down your local pub and ask for a couple of shifts, it wont be great cash but it is a great way to socialise! There's a job for every schedule...


If you’ve been out of the job market for a while and you’d like to boost your confidence and build up your recent experience or you’d like to work but money isn’t an issue then consider volunteering.

Working with a charity or organisation is extremely rewarding, can teach you new skills and broaden your social circle. You can either pop in to your local charity shop and enquire or search out local projects. There’s all kinds of volunteering projects, many of which you’ll be able to combine with a passion, like gardening,dog walking, cooking or childcare. Volunteering is also flexible and can work around your schedule as long as you’re able to commit to the team.

Applying for new positions - The 'age' dilemma

You should not hide your age; it is illegal to be prejudiced against anyone on account of his/her age. BUT, you can do a few things to sidestep any reluctance to employ you, and more importantly make yourself a good fit for the role you're applying for.

Be careful with your CV! You may have a degree and 30 years of experience but be careful applying dates. Use words rather than numbers and focus your CV on skills rather than a chronological list of employment. For example, "progressed from sales assistant to floor supervisor managing a team of 20" can replace "floor supervisor for 22 years". State your degree, but there's no need to add a graduation date.

Refresh your wardrobe! We're not suggesting you pay millions but head to a large department store and use a personal shopper service (they're free), which will provide you with an unbiased view and freshen up your look!

Remember that age can work for you and employers are learning to appreciate the skills and experience of older staff.

Start your own business

Turn your hobby into a business and make working enjoyable and profitable! If you love baking cakes or are a keen florist use your skills to make money, you don’t have to work 24/7 and you could get together with like-minded individuals to provide a service. You could teach others your skill, or sell your produce - the opportunities are endless!

Work for 50connect

50connect logoWe’re passionate about maximising employment opportunities and work choices for older people. In 2011, we will be developing a training module for large companies to take on board which will positively engage their staff approaching retirement age. The Planning for Retirement (P4R) package will offer one and two day courses, e-learning modules, web strategies, management information and individual benefits for those approaching retirement and the cost will be swallowed by the employer not the other way round!

For more information on how to be become a Sales Consultant for Olderiswiser limited P4R package contact Richard Lam 020 7034 1908 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            020 7034 1908      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email

If you’re interested in jobs, hearing about recruitment or discussing job opportunities head over to the Job group at (our sister site).

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