Rushville Republican

August 9, 2013

Older workers can start 'second career' search online

By Leigh DeNoon Indiana News Service
Rushville Republican

---- — INDIANAPOLIS - After retirement, many seniors discover they want to do something with their free time, plus they find they need extra money for living expenses, so they start second careers. For those who aren’t quite sure where to begin, AARP has a website to help. Spokesperson Ann Black said it is “Life Reimagined.org.”

“You can go onto the site, and there is this diagnostic tool that you can experiment with, and really assess where you are, where you want to be, and make a plan,” she said.

An estimated 9 million seniors have already started a second career after retirement, and another 30 million have said they would like to.

Many people at midlife and beyond are looking for that dream job they always wanted, Black said, and one good way to see if that career choice is really a “dream” is to start by volunteering.

“Volunteering is a great way to explore options,” she suggested, “and see if what you’re thinking about is a good fit for your skills. And the ‘LifeReimagined.org’ has a volunteering section to it.”

As older people enjoy years of good health, many are eager to find work that gives them more personal satisfaction - as well as a chance to make a difference in their communities, she added.

The AARP website is http://lifereimagined.aarp.org.