I’ve been looking at some retirement expenses, like Medicare Medigap policies, trips we’d like to take, and more. When I was working, I could buy a new TV or computer without thinking about it for too long. Now I really have to think about it, and once my beloved retires, we’ll both have to think about things like that long and hard – because our income and savings will run out before we do, if we don’t.
One way I could remedy this for now is to do some part-time work.
I’ve been thinking about this a bit. I have some general business skills, as well as some highly specialized expertise. A higher pay scale goes with the expertise, but there aren’t a lot of part-time opportunities there, and I really don’t think I want to go back toward my old career. I want something I leave behind when I go home.
On the other hand, I’m pretty sure I can get part-time office work. It’s either that, or write and publish the great American novel…
Doing a little research, I’ve found I’m not the only one thinking about working a little in retirement, or considering a different type of work than I’ve always done. Online ads for training in new careers (everything from paralegal work to truck driving) abound, and their are sites to help you find what you’re looking for. Some employment agencies even have Facebook pages with tips, and AARP sponsors a site and Facebook page called Work Reimagined. This is a great site, because it encourages us to think outside the box a little, and to consider the pros and cons of all kinds of options.
So, I’m thinking about all the different possibilities – How much time am I willing to work in a week? Do I want a regular gig or different temp jobs? How far from home am I willing to go? Decisions, decisions…
“…So a job I’m getting, possibly,
I wonder who my boss’ll be?
I wonder if he’ll take to me…?
What bonuses he’ll make to me…?
I’ll start at eight and finish late,
At normal rate, and all..but wait!
…I think I’d better think it out again. ”
– Fagin, in Reviewing the Situation from Oliver!, lyrics by Lionel Bart
As Fagin would say, I’m reviewing the situation…