Here's a list of 10 jobs retired and semi-retired Canadians are flocking to, both as a way to "keep in the game" and to supplement their incomes.
Looking for a post-career career? Here's a list of 10 jobs retired and semi-retired Canadians are flocking to, both as a way to "keep in the game" and to supplement their incomes. Remember that retirement can provide you with the opportunity to do the kind of work you always wanted to do, and therein lies enormous satisfaction at any age.
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School boards across Canada are always looking for "people with passion in a subject" to teach continuing education at schools and community colleges, says Andy Gauthier of the Vancouver School Board, making teaching night school the perfect job for those with a lifetime of expertise in anything from fashion or graphic design to marketing or mechanics. Think of it as consulting to the masses! "Get started by contacting your school board and telling them what you want to do and what people can get out of it," says Gauthier. Pay rates are $20 to $30 an hour, and courses can range from a few hours in a one-shot deal to one night a week for an eight-week session. Note to retired teachers: most school boards have on-call lists offering part-time gigs for the appropriately qualified.
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Junior seniors assisting senior seniors is the mantra at Seniors for Seniors, a company operating across Ontario and in the Halifax-Truro area that matches younger retirees with older people needing help with daily activities, including cooking, cleaning and helping out in the bathroom. Sometimes it's more than just companionship but relief, says company president Peter Cook. "We have one case where the client is a woman looking after her husband. We take over when she needs a break." By and large, assisters can choose their own schedule, training is available and wages run at about $12.50 an hour. Offering similar services on a freelance basis is an option for the more entrepreneurial minded.
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