The challenges and opportunities of changing careers

The need or desire to continue working after retirement can be influenced by many factors. But how do you find the right job to fill the hours and bring in the extra money without feeling as though you’re still chained to the desk?

For many people, retirement has sat on the horizon for much of their professional lives, a point toward which an entire career is spent moving. Retirement means you can finally stop working, can finally spend your days pursuing your dreams and enjoying life.

But what if you love your job? What if you’ve been lucky enough to share a workplace with friends? Alternatively, what if the cost of living is simply too high to quit working altogether?

For these reasons and many others, an increasing number of Australians are choosing to continue working after retirement. In 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that one in ten retired Australians were still engaged in some form of paid employment.

In some cases, this is simply a continuation of an existing career, perhaps at reduced hours or with changed responsibilities. Many teachers, for example, continue to perform relief teaching work after retirement, working as often as they care to or as often as is required.

For others, post-retirement employment may involve a foray into a new world. A retail position, a job taking care of neighbourhood gardens, freelance accounting work, a job in a café or many other flexible jobs.

Where the consideration is company and enjoyment rather than a financial requirement, there are many voluntary positions perfect for retirees. Councils run numerous volunteer operations, including aged care, ‘meals-on-wheels’, library work and more. Major arts centres, galleries, botanical gardens and other organisations have ‘Friends of’ chapters, giving members of the community the opportunity to offer their services.

But if you or a loved one are looking for a paid job after retirement, there are many options available. Start by updating your resume. While you may no longer have ‘career goals’, be sure to list your personal goals. Why do you want to keep working? What kind of work do you think you’d be best suited to? What do you believe you can bring to the workplace?

Firstly, be sure to check the financial ramifications of your continued employment with a financial professional- after all, you don’t want a few hours of work to affect your tax rate, pension or superannuation.

Don’t rely simply on your existing contacts to find work. Publish your resume online using a site such as ISMYCV, with easy-to-complete resume templates that ensure you’re including all the information employers are looking for. This way, you know employers are looking at your skills and experience rather than simply your age.

Many Australian states have programs and initiatives that provide support to companies hiring retirees. Increasingly, companies are also becoming aware of the tremendous asset that the experience and passion of older employees can be.

So think about what you’d like to achieve, build your online resume, and remember the value that you and your experience can bring.

ISMYCV is an online employment tool like no other. By building a FREE online resume, adding a photo and a Video Profile, you can be easily found by employers looking for your exact skills and experience. If you’re looking for a job after retirement in Australia, look no further than ISMYCV.