Senior Jobs: Michael's Story

Pursue a second career in retirement

Why Senior Jobs, why would some people want to pursue a second career in retirement?  Here’s a senior employment story from one of my clients.

Early Retirement

Michael, aged 63, was beginning his second year of retirement when he came to see me. 

"“I'’m bored Greg”, he began. “Maybe I should have stayed to 65, or wound down more gradually. Things are a bit tense at home - I now know all about the retired spouse syndrome! I miss the social aspect of work". 

"I have an excellent pension and my health is good, thank god, and yet I’m disappointed with my retirement. I was so looking forward to doing “things” I always wanted to do, but it’s not working out that way. I need a job to stay physically and mentally active! It’s not about money” 

“Mind you, I have no desire to return to my former role, I’'ve done my time in corporate life. I thought about starting my own business, but I'’m reluctant to take the financial risk at this stage. Part time work, maybe self-employed, would suit best and it must be a “feel good” retirement job. My second career will not be about money, status or “success”. Maybe it sounds a bit pious, but it would be nice to leave a legacy, to make a difference.” 

Coaching Michael

I reminded him that he had already left a legacy and made a difference. “That’s a given, take a bow Michael! Sometimes we forget, or take for granted, what we have achieved” 

Once again I rely on the Bard of Avon to make my point... 

'Tis a common proof, That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber upward turns his face; But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. 
(William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar)

“Do not underestimate the value and contribution of what you have already achieved, Michael. And if you want senior jobs, to do more your age and life situation gives you certain advantages. You have an extensive network of contacts, who will vouch for you. You have a wealth of experience and transferable skills. You have a track record and you know your strengths and weaknesses.  You are an ideal candidate for senior jobs, if you wish to pursue a second career in retirement. 

You have the 3M’s- Mental, Motivation, Mature. You won’t need much training - you can learn new skills because you have the right attitude and motivation. You are flexible as regards full time/part time, project or temporary work. You are in the fortunate situation that income is not a priority.” 

At our next meeting we reviewed the Top 10 Retirement Jobs and my Top 10 Dream Jobs.

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