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Jobs After Retirement – A Specific Guide to the Best Retirement Jobs

Are you retiring, already retired or are you hoping to retire soon? Are you worried that the moment you retire, you will be bored or run out of money or both? This article examines job opportunities for retirees and collects the best retirement jobs.


First, take a moment to consider why you are looking for a job after retirement. Do you really want to work after retirement? Perhaps it is the pressures and expectations of our modern society that are rich and always engaged rather than a genuine desire for old-age pensions or a way of occupying the day.

Recent research has shown that three quarters of German adults have a hard time shutting down and doing nothing. They also coined a term for this: “freizeitstresse” or “leisure stress”. This is guilt or stress when we are not doing anything with our free time. We may be stressed that we are “just” reading a book, sitting in the garden, taking a nap or watching TV.

Retirees are also thought to suffer from this stress of leisure. They feel a subconscious social pressure to be active and “do things”. Is this the reason why you are looking for a retirement job? Don’t rush headlong into the first retirement career that is offered to you. Consider the reasons behind your desire to work. You can keep busy and live a fulfilling life without taking on a job, or you can do absolutely nothing! It is your life and you have earned the right to do what you like.

Maybe you want to supplement your pensions. You are worried that it will end. This is a perfectly valid concern. Many people retire without sufficient funds. Analyze your financial situation with a consultant or check with one of the many online pension calculators to see if you have enough money to support the lifestyle you have chosen in the following years.

Also be wary of jumping to work as a status symbol. Having a job often defines who we are and therefore our self-esteem. People like to brag about how busy they are, how they haven’t slept for days to meet this or that deadline. It is a curse of modern society that we consider overwork and high work stress a badge of honor. You’re looking for a retirement career simply to avoid sitting down to dinner and hearing those words “so what are you doing?”

Now you have considered the reasons for working again, we list the best retirement careers out there.


Finding a job at home is probably the most popular retirement job. Working from the comfort of your own home, without having to go to the office every day, wear a suit or face the same old office policy, gossip and useless chatter; there are certainly many advantages to working from home.

Companies are looking for ways to reduce overhead costs. This leads to part-time and home-based job opportunities.

Some of the most popular jobs you can do on your kitchen table include writing, proofreading, editing and research. If we look only at the category of writing, there is an incredible variety of related works such as ghost writing, resuming the curriculum, technical writing, the blog, travel writing. I have also seen the jobs advertised for people to simply cut and paste the search results on the Internet into a verbal document.

You can find many opportunities like this on freelance websites like elance.com, odesk.com and freelancer.com.

Other work at home includes entering data, creating crosswords, testing and writing recipes, graphic design and computer programming. My friend’s retired mom is a medical programmer. Her local hospital even provided her with a computer to work with and an allowance for her broadband Internet connection.

Of course, before retiring she worked as a medical programmer in the same hospital for many years, but it is possible to receive online training and certification for this.


Some see gardening as hard work, while others see it as a glorious opportunity to work in large open spaces and find themselves united with nature.

In modern families, both parents often work, so they have less time to maintain a garden. It is not one of the irony of life that people work so hard today to be able to afford a large house with a lovely garden and therefore not have time to enjoy either! Their loss – your gain. They are more likely to employ a part-time gardener to mow lawns, cut hedges, weeds and aquatic plants.

Gardening is a physical job but there are so many useful tools and gadgets for almost any business. This includes knee rests, light tools and longer handles to avoid back strain.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support the fact that gardening improves your mental state and can even avoid Alzheimer’s disease.


How can you satisfy your shopping needs without having to spend money? Even better, get paid to shop or eat out! A mysterious customer enters a fast food restaurant or shop and pretends to order or buy something like a normal customer. In the meantime, without the staff noticing, they are quietly noticing all the little details of their experience and service: the time needed to order and receive food, the cleaning of the toilet, the answer to questions or complaints, the appearance and the attitude of the workers.

This is the life of Mystery Shopper and for many retirees, this is the career of dreams. In 2004, in the United States alone, they estimate that a whopping $ 645 million dollars were paid to mystery shoppers. You could be in a fast food restaurant in the morning, buy electronics in the afternoon and enjoy an elegant classy restaurant in the evening; all about someone else’s money!

I was once paid to spend one night in one of the best hotels in the world. A third-party security company had hired me and dozens of others to secretly test the emergency firefighting procedure. We spent a very comfortable evening enjoying the delights of the hotel including an evening meal, swimming pool, spa and gym. Around 10 am the fire alarm went off. We were led by the staff to the nearest emergency exit and simply had to complete a 45 minute interview about our experience. The easiest extra income I have ever earned.

When looking for mysterious shopper opportunities you can do an online search but carefully search for every opportunity as there are scams on the Internet. Also, there is no guarantee that you will be accepted for the first time or by the first company you turn to, so be patient and persistent.


80% of people are said to end up in the wrong job. So looking at a new retirement career is an opportunity to try something completely new. Po Bronson states that his famous book “What should I do with my life” says that many retirees draw inspiration from his stories to find meaningful work for their retirement years.

These are just some of the opportunities available for you to add to your retirement income. Hope you enjoyed this short guide to the best retirement jobs. All best wishes for your new career!

by Gemma Swansburg

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