slides: 10 Creative Ways for Seniors To Keep Working
Friday, August 10, 2012
Get Into Healthcare
Though some are worrying about the growth of the healthcare industry, there are definite reasons to be optimistic. Here are five strategies that prove healthcare is still a growth industry, including a need to hire new employees to help with continuity of care between different medical professionals.
Start a Company
The time is ripe for entrepreneurship. Take advantage of those contacts you've made through the years and tackle online social media like Twitter, Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn, and blog sites. For those who like crafts, take advantage of the site dedicated to all things artsy, Etsy.
Photo: Jef Nickerson
Speaking of kicking, look into starting a Kickstarter project. It's not a money-maker, but it is one of the more exciting ideas online. Those looking for a part-time, purely fun occupation might find unrealized funding through this wonderful platform. Project starters are by no means limited to youngsters.
Look for part-time and seasonal work with larger companies that offer benefits such as Whole Foods, which lists a formidable number of perks for workers who show their dedication. Starbucks, also an Equal Opportunity Employer, offers benefits to dedicated part-time employees as well. It just might be hard to find your way to work, as there are so many.
Join the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps welcomes a diverse range of people and does not discriminate based on age--in fact, those who have special skills are especially competitive applicants.
Photo: Peace Corps
Find SER National, which operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). A convenient Service Locator provides resources including an easy-to-use form for locating the nearest SCSEP program--yes, SCSEP is located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and many other states.
Leverage Your Strengths
If you enjoyed your former job, look into doing that kind of work on a part-time basis and ponder what exactly you liked. If you have a hobby that you do on the side, brainstorm ideas to start turning it into something more. Talk to your family and friends about what they're doing and get together to come up with some creative ideas. Join an online forum for discussion. Talk with people who know you well and make a list of your strengths, then think about how you might apply those in the real world. Remember to enjoy yourself!
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