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Tips for Starting a New Career After Retirement

By Erik Gans, 9:00 am on

Today’s seniors know that retirement doesn’t necessarily mean the end to their careers. Instead, many seniors are taking the opportunity to enjoy the benefits that an encore career can provide for their personal development. As you explore your options for a second career, use these tips from Westport senior care professionals to smooth the transition.

Focus on Your Strengths

Many of the skills that you acquired during your first career can be applied to a new one, even if you enter a different field. For example, managerial skills can transfer to almost any profession. In addition to helping you narrow down your search to a specific field, knowing your strengths will also give you talking points during future interviews.

Start by Volunteering

Getting industry experience when you are making a career switch can be challenging, yet volunteering offers a way to gain new skills through hands-on learning. Check for volunteer and internship opportunities within your desired field where your contributions will shine. Often, these types of positions can lead to paid opportunities, and you will meet other people who can help further your career.

Get Up-to-Date with Technology

Computer knowledge is one skill that is needed in almost every type of career today. While you do not have to be a technology expert, you should at least know a few skills such as how to interact on social media. Check online and in your community for free tutorials that can help you brush up on the basics.

Show Your Enthusiasm

Most employers today embrace the chance to hire older workers due to the work ethics and experience they can share with younger workers. If you are excited about your new career, then let that shine through in your interview. Companies today want team players with energy that will keep everyone inspired, and putting your best self forward will get you noticed.

Many seniors don’t realize how challenging retirement can be. Find additional resources and support through Home Care Assistance. Our friendly and experienced caregivers in Westport are available on a part-time or live-in basis to provide companionship and emotional support, run errands, help around the house, and much more. For more information call 203-955-1915 and request an in-person consultation.