Relaunching With A New Career
Courtesy: 123RF Fernando Gregory
A blog with ideas for those considering retirement and the recently retired.
January 24, 2016
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In my last blog, Education, I discussed educational opportunities to lead you to a new career, if that is your goal. This week I’m going to share some ideas about new careers just waiting for senior applicants! The one I found most interesting was that of a “Gentleman Host!” (Excuse the sexism please!) Now ladies, please don’t go gettin’ all upset. There are many more single/divorced/widowed women who take cruises than men. As a result, many women are shy about going to the events that require a dance partner – hence the up and coming career of Gentleman Host!
These men, in exchange for room and board on a cruise ship, will dance the night away with women. What a great job! Somehow we need to get more single men cruising so we can apply for Gentlewomen Hosts!😉 There are of course many other cruise ship jobs available for people with experience in retail (to staff gift shops), photography, crafting and hospitality to name a few. The great thing about this is that for those who love to live on water, you can spend most of your year in a floating hotel for free room and board, and of course, the opportunity to see the world. YAY! According to Bronwyn White, Managing Director of New Young Travel, “In the next 5 years, more than 50 new cruise ships will be launched in this booming industry. This means lots of cruise ship vacancies will be available with a wide variety of skills required” (White, 2015).
Stateside, there are companies who have made it a priority to hire 50+ workers. has been honored for their mature worker initiatives. For those snowbirds or snowbird wannabe’s, one of their initiatives is the “Snow Bird Program,” that allows people to work in their home state part of the year. After moving to their warm weather abode for the other part of the year, they can resume work at a CVS location there. Sweet! As a result, “CVS/pharmacy has increased its percentage of employees age 50 and older from 7 percent in the early 1990s to more than 17 percent today” (Unknown, 2007). There is also a paid pharmacy mentorship program for retired pharmacists.
Robert Moeller, from U.S. News and World Reports wrote an article titled: 15 Top Office and Home-Based Jobs for Seniors (Moeller, 2009). While written in 2009, it is still very relevant and details the “up and coming” job areas for mature workers. Many of these are legitimate jobs you can work from home in your jammies, and no one will be the wiser!
AARP Employer Pledge Program AARP has done a great job of connecting with employers who are actively seeking older workers. You can search for companies and jobs at the AARP Employer Pledge Program.
Senior Job Bank Put in a job and preferred location and organizations looking for mature workers will be displayed. I put in “social worker” and 5 pages of job opportunities were displayed in my area. Many of these are with large healthcare corporations. Go to Senior Job Bank.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook For those like me, who don’t know what they want to be when they grow up (until 3 years ago!),
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, can give you some great information about almost any profession you can think of and what the salary prospects are for that occupation.
From Emily Brandon, Senior Editor at U.S. News and World Report comes a great list (below) of the fastest growing occupations (Source: Northeastern University analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data). For those considering a career change, this is a very good indicator of where the jobs are now and will be in the future (Brandon, 2010).
The 30 Fastest-Growing Occupations for Older Workers
|Career||Projected job growth 2008-2018
|Primary, secondary, and special education teachers||647.3|
|Home health aides||460.9|
|Personal and home care aides||375.8|
|Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants||276|
|Licensed practical and vocational nurses||155.6|
|Business operations specialists||147.2|
|General and operations managers||143.2|
|Child care workers||142.1|
|Receptionists and information clerks||132.7|
|Medical and health service managers||100.8|
|Social and human service assistants||79.4|
|Maids and housekeeping cleaners||78.6|
|Educational, vocational, and school counselors||73.3|
|Computer support specialists||64|
|Social and community service managers||57|
|Mental health and substance abuse social workers||56.4|
|Accountants and auditors||55.6|
|Medical and public health social workers||53.9|
|Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks||52.3|
|Administrative services managers||52.2|
|Computer systems analysts||50.1|
|Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists||49.1|
U.S. Federal Government Let us not forget Uncle Sam! There are jobs in almost any category you can think of within the U.S. Federal Government for Seniors. Unless you are adverse to working for the government, you will find more job security than in business, there is no mandatory retirement age and benefits are generous. To learn more about Federal job opportunities go to USAJobs.gov.
Tell me, what is your motivation for seeking out a new career? What are you going to do to find one? Some of us are going to continue to work because we can’t imagine doing anything else, others out of need and still others because they want to fulfill a lifelong dream. Whatever your motivation, know that you can find a rewarding, well paying position if you are willing to keep looking. It may be a good idea to seek out a career coach at a college or university to update your resume, get a free makeover at a cosmetics counter to insure you look your best, or seek out an independent clothing shopper or personal shopper from a department store, to guarantee you look as up to-date as possible when job hunting. While the organizations here are reaching out to older workers, they don’t want to hire people that look like they are on their last leg! I know that wouldn’t be you, though!🙂
Please let me and those reading this column know if you are successful in finding a position as a result of the resources listed in this blog. Me, because I want to know I made a difference (it’s the social worker in me!), and the readers, because it can give hope to someone who is about to begin a new job search or needs a fresh shot of hope that there are lots of opportunities out there for us “oldies but goodies!”🙂
Until Next Time…AG
Brandon, E. (2010, March 10). 30 Fast-Growing Careers for Older Workers. Retrieved from U.S. News and World Report Money: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/planning-to-retire/2010/03/22/30-fast-growing-careers-for-older-workers
Moeller, R. (2009, July 17). 15 Top Office and Home-Based Jobs for Seniors. Retrieved from U.S. News and World Reports: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2009/07/17/15-top-office-and-home-based-jobs-for-seniors
Unknown. (2007, March 9). CVS Pharmacy Receives Top Honor Mature Workers Initiatives. Retrieved from CVS Health: http://cvshealth.com/content/cvspharmacy-receives-top-honor-mature-worker-initiatives
White, B. (2015). Work On A Cruise Ship. Retrieved from New Young Travel: http://www.newyoungtravel.com.au/holiday_section/work_on_a_cruise_ship/