The summer months, bookended by Memorial and Labor Day, are the perfect time for retirees to enjoy relaxing trips to the beach, lazy afternoons and, in a surprising twist, seasonal work for seniors! Retirement may invoke ideas of endless hours of leisure, but many retirees are considering taking on work during these summer months. The website CareerBuilder reports that 54% of retirees revealed they would continue to work post retirement. The reasons for taking on a summer job vary. Supplemental income is an obvious factor but summer jobs for seniors can also provide purpose, an opportunity to get out in the community, or simply a chance to explore a passion. Whatever the reason for choosing a summer job, here are a few tips for finding jobs and tricks for securing them!
If you’re constantly reciting stats from decades ago and you follow your favorite team from the draft to the championship, why not consider actually working for them? Even off-season, stadiums and arenas can be great places to find work as a tour guide. If you want to work just during the summer, (and you want game time action!) ballparks can be great for finding employment in a concession stand or vendor shop. Don’t forget that college sports teams and even your local intramural league can be an option as well. Many have summer leagues and could use referees and scorekeepers. The key to securing these kinds of jobs is to have knowledge of the sport, be able to meet the physical demands and have a fun, outgoing personality.
Love the outdoors?
If being outdoors is your fancy, there are quite a few options available to you. Sites like Cool Works post jobs at places like lodges, campgrounds and resorts across the country. The positions are very unique, in some cases you may have the option to live in a camper while you work, while others provide accommodations. The requirements vary with the positions so say you’re looking for a ranger position, just know that that’s a federal job with specific requirements. A tour guide position could require knowledge of botany. Just like working in sports, however, passion for the job will help you secure the position.
Enjoy being with animals?
If you love spending time with animals and want a job that allows you to remain close to home, consider pet sitting or dog walking. With the flexibility that comes with retirement, you may be just what the doctor ordered for a pet owner that can’t slip away midday to care for their animal. Besides the benefit of additional income, you could be outdoors, exercising, and spending time with a loving pet. To get these jobs talk to your neighbors or reach out to an organization like Care.com that helps you make the connections.
These jobs are popular selections, but are only the tip of the iceberg. From tutoring kids to working at an amusement park, the best advice of all is to find your passion and pursue it – now is the time!