7 Steps to Finding a Satisfying Job in Retirement

The word “career” actually has nothing to do with a job – it comes from Old French career for “racetrack”. Your career, then, is the course you follow – what you do with your attention and action. (Maybe these days that means a lot of people are making a career out of social media participation, but I digress.)

During any transition in life, whether it’s a college degree, marriage, or retirement, we all need to know where we’re going and why we’re doing what we’re doing.

An identity beyond your work

One of the big life lessons from my own career as an executive coach and end-of-life planner is that none of us need to be defined by our job. We are husbands, mothers, neighbors, friends, etc., and the values ​​and behaviors that have underpinned those relationships across many decades are what truly define our identities and give us our purpose.

Jobs pay us for our time and often constitute a career when we invest ourselves in them, but we can go beyond this salary. Retirement is an opportunity to redefine the course of our lives, our careers, consistent with the identity that we idealize. Some of us will need it to include income, and some of us will have other priorities.

Ignore the four-letter trick: Work Isn’t that a dirty word

Working in retirement has a variety of benefits, not the least of which is compensation. There’s no shame in working because you need a paycheck, because you’re interested in learning new things, because you like being with people, or because you like contributing in a particular way. to the society.

As the Silver Tsunami of retirees shifts to new ways to apply their skills, contribute their gifts and focus their attention, it will represent a continuation of the tremendous multiplication of our ways of working. Having nothing to do offers a nice respite once in a while, but then we are ready to do things.

How to approach your next career and maximize the benefits of retirement

Take these seven steps to clarify the new career path you may not have already realized and to design your job to work for you.

1. What income do you need?

Really do the math. How much money, if any, do you want to bring back? Here is the MSN Money Retirement Calculator to help you.

2. Name your deal breakers

Make a list of what you do do not want to do, whether it’s because you’re fed up with it (even if you’re good at it) or it’s just not appealing.

3. Make a list of your active interests

What do you invest the most time and attention into, in terms of thought, conversation time, and actual action? Be honest with yourself about what you care about, including things like web browsing real estate. There will be a handful. Consider which of them you want to support the most based on who you are and what you do.

4. Identify your priorities

Make a list of the top five priorities you want to accomplish by the end of your life. You can call it your list of career choices, which can include anything from increasing time spent with the grandkids to learning a new skill. Now rank these five priorities.

5. Cross your thinking

Compare your lists. Is there anything in input 2 that conflicts with inputs 3 and 4? Which element(s) appearing in both 3 and 4 justify an elevation?

6. Be creative

It’s time to think! Generate 10 activities, as goofy and impractical as they may seem, in line with your themes in Step 5.

7. Decide and communicate

Nothing accelerates our progress like explaining ourselves to others. It makes us crystallize our thoughts into something understandable – and also propels us into accountability for action. What will your next step be, and who should know?

Inspiration is the key

The benefits of contributing and participating in society are sometimes more felt than seen. As spirit animals, people have a deep need for purpose. Activities are good; inspired the activities are great! Identify the goal that really grabs your attention (answer the call) and follow that action plan to achieve fulfilling work in retirement.

Need more inspiration? Consider 5 ways to make retirement a reality even if you lack savings and 8 opportunities to earn extra income in retirement.

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