Retired? Would You Consider Going Back to Work?

Jul 15th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Would you consider going back to work?  Some retirees have had no other choice since the economy and resources have taken such nosedives.  Some have chosen to do so, in an attempt to head off  further draining of what nest egg may be left.  Some are just burrowing in and cutting back, both good disciplines in this headache of a time.  Deciding to seek out employment is a totally different ball game.  It has far reaching implications.

Deciding a) that you would be willing to look at options and b) that you would be willing to explore those  options through submitting resumes and interviews are the first big steps.  Ascertaining what options might have appeal is no small part of the exploration.  What are you willing to do?  How much time will you be prepared to commit?  What will it take to make it economically worthwhile, remembering you aren’t supporting the whole family this time?

What are the ego issues which you are prepared to face?  How much energy are you prepared to devote to an employed position?  What health issues may be affected?  How will it affect your spouse, if so how, and will he/she be okay with my decision?   How will such a move require adjustments in our routine, discretionary time and meals?

Going back to work is full of considerations and variables which may impact your life significantly.  If there are serious economic needs, some of these questions are likely to be quickly discarded.  Finances, in desperate times, overrule many of the other determinants that would otherwise come under consideration. 

Is it reasonable, or even possible, to put an outside timeline on how long you would consider employment?  Is your self confidence up to being turned down?  Would you go beyond one or two attempts to find a job, if you were at first turned down?

If you found yourself dissatisfied with the position, could you bring yourself to quit, recognizing it could influence whether you are able to locate another position?  

Many of these considerations and issues affect persons out searching for a job the first time, let alone the retiree who is confronting the changed world since his/her days of employability.  It is both prudent and wise to enable one to be ready for possible surprises and even affronts.  Those who were in supervisory roles will be more likely to need to discard defensiveness. Those who were always conscientious may find themselves ready to share stories of one’s past experience.  Not really a good idea! 

Employment adventures require sharing some information on why you think you could do the job, but should be limited to answering questions instead of volunteering “wisdom.” 

Establish your goals, your expectations and your own boundaries.  If you can find a position which meets those, go in with your own commitment to offer your best, to do your best, and to gain the most you can from a new experience.



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