Working in Retirement
Finding the job of her dreams after 60
Many baby boomers approaching retirement want to relax but aren't ready to give up working entirely. Instead, they're using the time to find a fulfilling job that they may have always wanted, but weren't able to experience before.
Susan Harris, 62, is one such person. Since she retired from her job as a court writer in Washington D.C. five years ago, she has become a full-time blogger.
"Having to earn an income is the great motivator that led me to my second career as a writer - the first career for me that’s been remotely creative or fulfilling," Susan Harris, 62, told BusinessNewsDaily. "So for me, the combination of needing money but no longer being able to stomach mind-numbing work has been magic."
The internet appears to be a favored job-hunting ground for boomers who are looking to pursue their dreams in retirement. Seniors who are tech-savvy have a leg-up in today's competitive job market, particularly when this skill is coupled with their lifetime of work experience.
Del Webb retirement communities embrace the fact that older adults are pursuing encore careers as they downsize their old homes and move to more intimate living areas.
"Several decades ago, nearly 80 percent of our residents would be fully retired," said Judy Julison, the national director of lifestyle operations for Del Webb. "These days we're seeing closer to 50 percent still engaged in the workforce."
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