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The Best Second Careers

Updated November 4, 2019 2.7k votes 376 voters 5.9k views43 items

List RulesShould 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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    Background Actor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Background Actor

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    Technical writer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Freelance Writer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Mystery Shopper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Mystery Shopper

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    Location Scout is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Location Scout

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    Management Consultant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Marketer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Marketer

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    Life Coach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Life Coach

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    Interpreter / Translator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Interpreter / Translator

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    Career Coach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Career Coach

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    Online Store Owner (Etsy, Ebay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Online Store Owner (Etsy, Ebay, etc.)

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

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    Teacher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Blogger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Blogger

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

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    Franchise Owner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Franchise Owner

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    Photographer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Freelance Graphic Designer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Freelance Graphic Designer

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    Food Truck Owner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Food Truck Owner

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

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    Decorator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Decorator

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    Personal Organizer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Personal Organizer

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    Uber Driver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Apartment Manager is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Apartment Manager

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    Doggie Day Care Owner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Second Careers
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    Doggie Day Care Owner

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