How to have fun when you retire

Another job could be just the ticket!

By Ginny Grimsby

What do school kids and retirees have in common during these dog days of summer? Many in these two age groups find themselves with so much time they don’t know what to do with it.

“But the parallels between these groups quickly break down,” says financial advisor Jeff Bucher, “because kids soon go back to school, while retirees have an ongoing stretch of time to contend with.”

Besides his work as a registered investment advisor in Ohio, Jeff is president of Citizen Advisory Group, which deals in community education and charity efforts. “Worse for retirees,” he continues, “their time may not be yielding a satisfactory lifestyle. After all the technical and financial details I review with clients, which include protecting and growing their money, I sometimes offer advice they aren’t expecting: consider your employment options.”

Many people take his advice for the mental lift it brings more than for the money. Work, as Jeff philosophizes, gives us structure, purpose and a social network. But Jeff delights his clients, too, with the fun options he comes up with. Here are a few of his thoughts:

Enjoy golf? Why not find work at a golf course!
Enjoy golf? Why not find work at a golf course!
  • Golf course. Many retirees love golf and, if you are a morning person, work at a golf course could suit you perfectly. Jobs available at a golf course for retirees include golf shop staff, starters and golf course maintenance.
  • Retail. A smiling face and a pleasant disposition have earned many retirees positions as greeters at places like Wal-Mart, but consider stores that fit your personality. That may include cosmetics at a drugstore or a shoe department in a sporting goods shop. Where do you like to shop?
  • Sporting venue. If you love sports, consider being an usher at a sports centre. Ushers assist fans to their seats and help answer questions from fans. You might have to walk up and down steps in a job here. If that’s too difficult, you might have to look elsewhere.
  • Tour guide. A tour guide’s job is to introduce people to places that they are unfamiliar with, which may include galleries, museums of many types and a city’s historical locations.
  • Zoos, and nature’s showplaces. Some of the most popular jobs for retirees at these parks include ticket takers, working at a merchandise stand or helping visitors at an information booth.
  • Your current or former job. This suggestion could startle you, but such a job could be perfect. You’ll likely maintain the same salary as in your recent earning years; it’s something you already know and are good at; and you may have derived much satisfaction from your profession. You may find new freedom in knowing that you won’t be tied down in the same way. You’ll likely be able to take time off when you need some for yourself.

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