Reaching retirement age has a whole new purpose for today’s growing number of baby boomers. They are embarking on second careers that are not only about making a living but making a difference.
Known as an encore career, this second vocation strives to combine a paycheck and a sense of purpose for adults after retirement who have a passion for working with public service. It turns out many who are starting their “second act” are doing so not necessarily because they want to do something new, but because they want to do something that matters. Encore careers are on the rise because:
- Americans are living longer and thereby working longer
- The employment picture for baby boomers is slowly improving
- These jobs fulfill a passion with a social purpose and are not really a necessity
- Boomers don’t want to outlive their retirement savings
- Boomers are interested in volunteering or mentoring others
- Boomers need the additional income
- Boomers just want to continue working
- Boomers want to make a difference in the lives of others
While encore careers are available in a variety of sectors, homecare is one of the more popular options among seniors because it’s rewarding and allows them to open up and work with people their own age. While family caregivers do their best to care for their loved ones, accepting help is easier when their caregiver or companion is someone to whom they can relate to and who understands the desire to remain independent.
Here are a few ways to tell if caregiving is right for you:
- You enjoy working with people, especially older adults where you can interact one-on-one.
- You’ve enjoyed taking care of members of your family and want to share this passion.
- You have the potential of making a difference in someone’s life.
- You don’t want a desk job and you are still physically and mentally able to work.
- You know you would want the same type of care if you needed it.
- You take pride in your work and pay attention to details.
- In-home caregiving requires a variety of unique skills, but the benefits are plenty:
- Hours are usually flexible, and you may work as few as 10 hours a week to as many as 40 hours.
- You’ll develop personal, long-lasting relationships with your clients.
- You can truly make a difference in the lives of others.
Article Provided by:
The Retirement Connection Staff