Mature Aged Workers – Planning Your Future Career

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

For many people, the age of retirement is now higher than ever before. Mature aged workers are being recognised as an increasingly valuable asset to employers, and your career doesn’t need to end because you have retired from a long-term role. That aside, if you’re thinking about working past retirement (either through choice or necessity), it’s important to make sure you choose the right career path. Develop the right post-retirement career plan with the five following considerations.

Money

Your financial situation post-retirement is one of the most important areas to consider. Are you working for pleasure, or do you need the extra income to top up your pension and investments? It’s not always easy to work out where you can maximize your earnings, but it’s worth doing your research. Ask recruitment consultants in your area to share information about average earnings, and get details of employers that regularly hire experienced mature workers, as this is a good indicator of stable or growing business needs.

Your health

Many older workers have no medical problems at all, but it’s important to consider your general health and well-being before diving into a career. You don’t have to give up physical roles, but you may need to consider whether an employer can make reasonable adjustments for you. Choose roles that you think will continue to stimulate your mental health, too, as this becomes even more important as you grow older.

Family commitments

Think about the things that are really important to you outside the workplace. Do you have grandchildren you’d like to spend time with, or are you keen to explore other pursuits? In either case, it’s important to consider roles that can help you balance your work and personal life. Some employers offer very flexible packages for their workers, while some companies will have very constrained demands. Don’t sign up for something you cannot commit to.

Your skills and experience

Mature workers have a wealth of skills and experience to offer employers, so it’s always wise to choose career options where you can add real value. For example, you don’t have to stick to banking because you have always been a bank manager, but it’s still useful to find a job where you can apply your leadership ability in other ways. The most successful post-retirement careers are those that help mature workers continue to do the things they love.

Your personality

If you’re going to work successfully past retirement, you need to find roles that make you happy and suit your personality. For example, some individuals want the opportunity to spend lots of time around people, while other people will prefer to work alone, at home or elsewhere. Think carefully about what makes you tick, and look for opportunities where you don’t need to adapt too much. If you need help with some ideas, talk to a career counsellor for more inspiration.

A post-retirement career doesn’t have to become a chore. There are plenty of opportunities, but it’s important to think carefully about the right career moves.

If you are thinking about your future career and are unsure of your options you may like to consider speaking with the Career
Consultants at Résumés for Results about our Job Search Advice or Career Coaching services.

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