Part-Time Careers for Retirees: Personal Interests the Way to Go

The New Year festivities have drawn to a close and the realities of life are beginning to come into focus once more.

While the workers of the world united in returning to their office desks and shop floors, you are recently retired and are missing out on what had been an annual event for more years than you care to remember.

The best way to fill that gap is to find a part-time job or some kind of temporary employment to fill the hours and keep you involved.

There issue for many recently retired people is what to do and where to go. It is not always possible to offer your services part-time to your old employers for a number of reasons, but this means you now have the chance to change careers completely and follow a more interest-based line of employment.

So I’ve put together a list of some popular part-time careers that can prove even more personally rewarding than the career you have left behind.

Tour Guide

For those who have stayed local, working part-time as a tour guide can be highly rewarding. It is all about interacting with people, but instead of coworkers it’s people from all over the country and from different corners of the world. Most of all, it provides you with a chance to talk about what you are interested in – the architectural history of your city; the cultural icons of your region; empires, emperors and battles; even the exhibits at a museum of modern art.

Sports Centre

Perhaps you want to take this opportunity to keep life as active as possible. Getting involved at a sports and activity centre, golf course or tennis courts can be a way to work outdoors, surrounded by the things that you interest. Golf courses need marshals, sports centres need facilities and equipment managers, and outdoor activity centres also need marshals to keep everything working perfectly.


A favourite amongst retirees is to enter the education sector. It is not a matter of becoming a fully-fledged teacher, but rather a course tutor or instructor specialising in one area. It is not difficult to get the necessary certification, with colleges, educational institutions and associations offering courses – for example TESOL and TEFL for English language teachers – though often it is your own professional experience that is essential.

The list of subjects is practically endless, from cooking to history to art to language, and don’t forget sports coaching and instruction too, if that’s your fancy!


Not employment that will earn a little more cash for you, but certainly something that will give you that positive feeling that comes with making a contribution to the world around us. Whatever the particular charity or community drive, your own experience in the workplace can come into play – from organising teams to raising funds to simply rolling up your sleeves an mucking in!

The Free Spirit

Of course, retirement is a chance to following whatever line of interest you have whenever you like. For many, taking temporary or casual employment for short terms in a variety of areas is just what is desired.

One day you’re teaching night classes in fine art, the next you’re planting trees, and the next you’re imparting the history of your local area to eager-eared tourists. Thus is the working life of a recently retired Free Spirit! 

Trilingual Career Coach & Recruiter with experience across Europe and Asia Pacific. She is also a speaker for workshops on resume writing, job searching tips, and interview techniques. She travels frequently but you can stay in touch with Eleanor via

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