culture The Best Second Careers

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Should be careers that are suitable to people who have spent a few decades in the workplace and want to do something else rather than retire

Who’s ready for a second career? You’ve put in your time, you’ve either made it to the end of your pension or you were made redundant in the eleventh hour. Or maybe you started a company that grew into a huge company and you just want to settle into an encore career. No matter what your situation, there’s always room for second careers.  

If you’ve spent years working for a large firm, you may find working for a smaller outfit or for yourself more rewarding, if not a refreshing change of pace. Or maybe your hobby will now be your main line of work. The trick to choosing an encore career is to pick something that you have a deep interest in already or know that you can pick up quickly. Online tutorials are abundant. There are always adult education courses. Recruiters can help you find the right fit or company. Some people don’t even blink and trail blaze straight into second career choices, with varying results. The more successful jobs for retirees involve research, prep, room for pivot, and a realistic plan B.

If you have the time, it might be best to research and even try out some second career ideas before your first career is wrapped. You may seek an internship or find a good mentor for your second career. Another key to testing the waters for second career options is to talk to others who have chosen a similar path. Those people can save you a lot of time and energy. Your novel may hit the bestseller list or you may find out that you’re really a technical writer and land lucrative work but unless you have time to spare, the process could cost you. If you’ve budgeted ahead of time in order to explore your second career options, you’re way ahead of the game.

If you’ve kept up with technology, you stand a good shot at landing freelance work in the tech industry. You can be the snarkiest content specialist on Twitter! You could be the king or queen of Instagram! Or, if you are familiar with programming languages, you could help out a brand new startup.

There’s also a need for sharing real life experiences through blogging. By now, you ARE Google on many topics and it’s your time to shine. There’s also a large offering of short term jobs that you can try to what suits your personality and life style. What are the best second careers or jobs for seniors? We’ve picked a few that have worked out quite well for many people but add your suggestions to this list. Here’s to a second, hopefully fulfilling work life!

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Marketer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Second Careers
Marketer

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Interpreter / Translator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Second Careers
Interpreter / Translator

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Freelance Writer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Second Careers

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Background Actor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Second Careers
Background Actor

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Management Consultant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Second Careers

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Location Scout is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Second Careers
Location Scout

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Mystery Shopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Second Careers
Mystery Shopper

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Freelance Graphic Designer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Second Careers
Freelance Graphic Designer

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Management Consultant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Second Careers
Management Consultant

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Technical writer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Second Careers

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Occupational Therapist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Second Careers
Occupational Therapist

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Receptionist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Second Careers
Receptionist

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Photographer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Second Careers

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Bartender is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Second Careers
Bartender

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Blogger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Second Careers
Blogger

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Collectibles Dealer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Second Careers
Collectibles Dealer

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Doggie Day Care Owner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Second Careers
Doggie Day Care Owner

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Personal Chef is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Second Careers
Personal Chef

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Freelance Copyeditor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Second Careers
Freelance Copyeditor

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Baker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Second Careers
Baker

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Food Truck Owner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Second Careers
Food Truck Owner

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Landscape Consultant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Second Careers
Landscape Consultant

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Online Store Owner (Etsy, Ebay... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Second Careers
Online Store Owner (Etsy, Ebay, etc.)

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Franchise Owner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Second Careers
Franchise Owner

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Uber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Second Careers

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Life Coach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Second Careers
Life Coach

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Career Coach is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Second Careers
Career Coach

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Teacher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Second Careers

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Childcare Worker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Second Careers
Childcare Worker

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Photo Editor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Second Careers
Photo Editor

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Social Media Specialist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Second Careers
Social Media Specialist

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Yoga Instructor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Second Careers
Yoga Instructor

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Bookkeeper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Second Careers

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Personal Organizer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Second Careers
Personal Organizer

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Startup CEO is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Second Careers
Startup CEO

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Matchmaker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Second Careers
Matchmaker

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Apartment Manager is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Second Careers
Apartment Manager

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Decorator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Second Careers
Decorator

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Office Manager is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Second Careers
Office Manager

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Driving Instructor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Second Careers
Driving Instructor

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Content Strategist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Second Careers
Content Strategist

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Usher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Second Careers
Usher

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Sales Rep is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Second Careers
Sales Rep