Retirement doesn't necessarily mean a change in direction. For many who find themselves at the retirement age who aren't ready to stop working, continuing in their career makes perfect sense. The advantages to continuing your career are many – you can leverage your experience as a value-add contributor to the next company; you can bring perspective and best practices to another organization; and you can avoid the challenges of making a major career shift. Of course, there are challenges associated with resuming your career if you are older. But the plusses are many so this option could be a good one. Whether you are considering continuing your career, or have decided to do so, the information on these pages will provide you with clarity and direction.
10 yes/no questions to help you determine if this is a good direction for you
Have I been completely honest about having the determination and ability to be successful if I reenter my previous profession?
Have I made a thorough inventory of the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in my prior profession based on changes that may have occurred in the industry or profession?
Do I have ways to prove that I can be successful if re-employed in my profession?
Am I willing to deal with the ups and downs that are inherent in job searching?
Can I articulate in interviews, and in writing, why I would be successful if rehired after my retirement hiatus?
Am I prepared to deal with ageism?
Am I willing to commit to a specific length of time if I apply for employment with a company?
Will I be able to obtain references from past employers, colleagues, and others as to why I will be successful in restarting my pre-retirement career?
Do I have or am I willing to develop personal marketing materials to support my job search?
Will my spouse or significant other support my plan for returning to employment?
Here are questions and answers that address common issues and concerns for those considering resuming their career.
Assess this option against the following eight criteria:
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