Want to reinvent your worklife? Here, second-act career ideas from 5 Canadians

Beth Esenbergs Waterloo, Ont.

My resume “I was a professor and program co-ordinator at the school of business and hospitality at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning for 29 years until I retired at 64. Prior to this, I operated a family-style restaurant and was a public school educator with the Toronto Board of Education.”

What’s my new job? “For the last seven years I’ve worked as a business adviser for the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre and currently for the City of Waterloo.”

Why do I work? “In retirement, I didn’t have the desire to take up typical pastimes such as travel. I missed the stimulation and challenge of new situations and the personal interaction with peers. I’m extremely fortunate to have good health and I thoroughly enjoy my job.”

My typical day “The position of Small Business Adviser requires me to do all the activities that I enjoy and find rewarding: individual coaching and mentoring and presenting seminars to community groups. I like being creative and encouraging entrepreneurship.”

What do I love about my job? “I get my energy and enthusiasm from the people I meet and the people I work with.”

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