7 Ways To Stay Young At Heart – Part 5
Your first thought upon hearing this suggestion might be, “no way,” especially if you’re happily retired. Wait just a moment before dismissing the idea, however. You need something to keep you occupied. Something that will get you out of the house and interacting with others. Why not choose something that will pay you for doing it?
No one’s saying you should run out and take any job. Or that you should look for a part-time job in your old profession. The latter might be a good idea if you miss your work, but if not, why not look for something else?
Many industries hire part-time workers, not just fast food and retail companies. Though, of course, there is nothing wrong with those jobs. One of the largest employers of part-time workers is the non-profit sector. This is because they often don’t have the resources to hire full-time people but need employees.
Is there a cause you’re passionate about? The odds are good that your community has a non-profit dedicated to it. You can find part-time jobs with organizations such as your local cancer education group, a science museum, and the humane society.
If non-profits aren’t your thing, what about antique shops or thrift stores? Are you an artist or musician? There are groups locally that need part-time help. Schools, libraries, and health centers would all be glad to hire an experienced part-time employee for various tasks.
None of these sound like they would suit you. Well, guess what? Almost every industry and every company have some form of part-time job you could fill. This applies equally to everything from truck driving to bookkeeping and from education to landscaping.
If you want a part-time job, spread the word to your family and friends. Be sure to give them specific details about what you’d like to find, so you only get good matches. People still find jobs mainly by networking, so if you let people know you’re looking, you’ll probably get plenty of leads.
Getting a part-time job certainly isn’t for every older adult. You might prefer to volunteer or do something else instead. That’s understandable. You’ve earned your golden years. Going back into the labor force is optional but doing something to get you out of the office and keep you engaged with life isn’t if you want to stay young at heart.