Employment Opportunities For Retirees and the Semi-Retired
Australia’s growing ageing population means that there’ll be a shortage in the workforce in the coming years if older Australians don’t stay in the workforce for longer. With more and more seniors becoming self-funded retirees, there’ll be an increase in the age that people have to work until, and others will look at options such as semi-retirement to manage financially. Exploring the job opportunities for retirees could give you some great ideas as well as peace of mind.
With the increasing demand to work for longer, improvements need to be made in the workplace to reduce age discrimination and cater to the ageing population. Many seniors will look towards upskilling and going back to study to advance their careers. So it’s not only workplaces that’ll employ more seniors, but universities and colleges will also need to accommodate for older people who are learning new skills. For those who must remain in the workforce or choose to do so, here are some recommendations to guide you through your journey:
Learning and expanding your knowledge will create new opportunities for you in the workforce as well as making you feel good. Mental health and self-worth are equally as important in a forever evolving working environment. Workplaces always look for highly skilled individuals who are adaptable and well rounded, and most of all, willing to learn.
There are many ways that seniors are able to improve their skillset and increase their job opportunities. These include short courses, university degrees, diplomas and education courses that are specific for seniors. Education courses specific to seniors are found at institutions such as The University of the Third Age.
Great Job Ideas for Seniors
In a world where ageism is a major issue, some industries are better at combating age discrimination than others. There are businesses that actually advertise to hire workers of all ages, meaning that there are jobs for retirees in a variety of industries. Retail assistants, sales assistants, industry training and administration work are just some areas where older Australians are finding employment.
There are some great resources out there for job seekers at all stages of life. Here’s a list of job-seeking options for you:
Stay at your workplace:
Have a chat with your employer to see if they’re willing to create a flexible arrangement for you to stay employed with the company while entering into semi-retirement. You might be surprised at how appreciated you are.
Networking and LinkedIn:
If you’ve never been on LinkedIn, it is a great resource for people searching for job opportunities. You can connect with work colleagues, friends, employment agencies and former work colleagues too. It provides a platform for you to reach out and let people know your skillset and what you have to offer as an employee.
There are several employment websites around such as SEEK and Career One, where jobs are advertised. Your search can be as broad or specific as you’d like, and there are even services available such as resumé writing.
Start Your Own Business:
You might want to continue working but don’t want to work for somebody else anymore. It could be that you want to sell goods, or start up a consultancy. Another idea you might have is to do contract/ temp work as a self employed contractor. There are so many job opportunities for retirees who choose a start-up to supplement their income.
Your Unique Skill Set
Not all employers expect you to have multiple degrees and PhDs. Many employers seek life skills just as much as academic skills. Remember that by the time you’re mature age, you’ve budgeted, managed a home, raised children, cooked, cleaned, worked, time managed, listened, counselled, and the list goes on. Be proud of these skills and use them to your advantage when applying for a new job.
If you’re finding it difficult to navigate the internet when searching for employment, consider popping into your local Centrelink office. Centrelink offers face to face support and they can provide you with information on several employment agencies, and help you with any aged pension matters and other entitlements you might be eligible to apply for.
There are job opportunities for retirees out there. Thinking creatively and thinking outside of the box are key to finding new opportunities to support you in the retirement years.