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First Thoughts on Part Time Jobs and Part Time Work

There are a number of things to think about before you start you search for part time jobs or part time work:
  • What did I get out of work that was good? For example, many people like the social aspects of work – meeting people and working as a team. Others like the structure and routine it gives. Some people just like the fact that it keeps their brain ticking over, whilst others like the feeling of job satisfaction.
  • What didn’t I like about work? Many people don’t like the bureaucracy, whilst for others the routine of 9-5 every day is anathema. You can no doubt think of your own betes noirs!
  • What are my values and preferences? These are the things that are important to you when you do things. For example, do you like to be in control or do you quite like being told what to do and then carrying out instructions? Do you prefer working with a lot of other people or do you like getting on by yourself? Do you like having to solve problems? Do you like helping others? Think about your own personality and character and what it is that makes you happy and contented.
  • What am I good at? What skills, personal qualities and characteristics do I have that enable me to do a good job? You’re much more likely to enjoy things that you are good at and temperamentally suited to. That’s not to say you should not try new things. But if you do try new avenues, think about whether you will be comfortable going down them.

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Guide to Part Time Jobs and Work

Part Time Paid Work

Part Time Voluntary Work

You need to understand what it is you want from work, what it is that makes you happy and what sort of person you are before you rush headlong into anything. There is no point in getting a part time job just for the sake of it and then being unhappy in your retirement. It’s a time of choices; ensure you make the right ones!

Paid or Voluntary Work

The questions above apply whether you want voluntary or paid work, and this is the next question to consider. Which do I want?

You need to examine your motives for working. If you need the money to be able to realise the opportunities that retirement presents to you, then of course you need to get paid work. But think carefully and ask yourself if you want or need the money badly enough to be tied to paid work. Maybe the other option is to scale back on the list of things you want to do so you don’t have to go to work. What are your priorities?

If, on the other hand, your primary objective for finding a part time job is not money, then you might well opt for the voluntary sector. If you want the social aspect of work, you want to ‘give something back’ to the community or if you want to keep active physically, mentally or both, then unpaid work might suit you better.

Retirement does not necessarily mean giving up work for good. Indeed, work provides a necessary ingredient of many people’s retirement because they do not feel ready to put their feet up for good just because they leave their job at 60, 65 or whatever.

There are a huge number of options for you. You can choose full time or part time jobs in either paid work or in the voluntary sector. You can work for someone else or you can work for yourself. The good thing is that you can choose, so choose something that you feel will suit you best. Before you rush headlong into it, stop, think and do some planning so that you make the right choice.

Work can be stimulating an rewarding; if and when you come to choose work in retirement, make sure that you pick something that will enhance your retirement and make it the most satisfying time of your life.

For further information on part time jobs and work in retirement click on the links below:

Part Time Paid Work

Part Time Voluntary Work

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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