There’s no doubt that how and when you retire has changed significantly over the years. One of the ways retirement has changed is the number of seniors over 60 who still wish to work part-time after leaving full-time employment, whether it be for extra money or to get out and stay active in their older age.
People are retiring later in life according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics who found the average retirement age from full-time work in the last five years to be 63.
The qualifying age for the Age Pension is slowly being increased, with the new qualifying age set to be 67 years by 2023.
People are living for longer and have to wait longer for financial help so; it’s no surprise that many seniors over 60 want to keep active in their community and earn extra money through part-time employment!
As an older worker, it’s important to keep in mind that some occupations are better left to younger workers – personal care is important! You still want to enjoy the perks of being retired so choose part-time work that reflects your abilities.
We suggest finding a flexible job or, even one that allows you to choose your own hours! If you’re looking to leave full-time work or you already have, we’ve come up with the 10 best jobs for seniors over 60 to help with your job search.
Top 10 Jobs
Whether you were a rising all-star yourself or you just like the thrill of the game, becoming a sports coach is a great part-time job that will keep you not only physically but mentally active. Sports coaching positions are available at most primary schools and high schools, community centres and local sports clubs.
You will need to obtain a Working with Children Check and a First Aid qualification to work directly with children. It’s not usually required, but obtaining some form of sports & fitness qualification that proves you’re well-versed in sports conditioning, team-tactics and how the body works is a great asset!
Sales Assistant/Shop Assistant
Becoming a sales assistant is a very flexible, in-demand role no matter where you live! Every brick and mortar business, whether it be a large or small business, relies on sales assistants. If you’re a people-person with excellent communication skills, this is the job for you.
You’ll work directly with customers and help them find the product that best suits their needs, keeping you active throughout your shifts. If you have work experience in retail, this is a natural choice for you; however, if you want to hone in on your skills a course in retail certainly won’t hurt!
Call Centre Operator – (Customer Service Representative)
If you’d prefer to stay off your feet for whatever reason, becoming a call centre operator could be a good choice for you. As a call centre operator, you’ll be in charge of managing multiple phone lines simultaneously and assisting customers over the phone. You may need to have basic computer skills to navigate the relevant programs and websites your customers are struggling with.
Although there are no necessary qualifications for this role, a certificate in Customer Engagement will set you apart from other candidates.
If you’re naturally organised, know your way around a computer and a people-person becoming an administrative assistant like a receptionist is a smart move for you! This role is usually customer-facing, requires fantastic communication skills and a strong work ethic.
Administration work is often flexible and many organisations have an administrative team with multiple employees, allowing more chance to choose your own hours!
A course in business administration is an excellent idea if you’re looking into this type of role. It will assist you in brushing up on your computer skills, and how you can support a business’ formal operations from the front!
If you love to work with children and want to assist them with their social and intellectual development, becoming a child care worker is for you! By completing a course in childcare, you can become:
Depending on if you choose a ‘home job’ within childcare, travel to your clients or work in a formal education establishment, childcare is often very flexible and will definitely keep you active!
Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Animal lovers alike should look into becoming a formal dog walker or pet-sitter for those who don’t have the time! Both of these roles will keep you active in your retirement, and allow you to earn some extra income. Consider studying a qualification in animal care to assist possible clients in seeing you’re a knowledgeable, trustworthy choice for their fur babies!
If you previously worked in finance to some capacity, becoming a part-time bookkeeper is an excellent choice! For those who never worked in finance or accounting, bookkeepers have to be comfortable with accounting computer software, as well as be able to communicate financial information to clients, so they understand!
If you’re interested in numbers and wish to work with some of your local businesses on their books, a course in bookkeeping is a must!
Tutors are not only required for school-aged children but for anyone currently studying something that they need extra assistance in! Possible tutoring clients include mature-aged students completing certificates, diplomas or short-courses.
If you’re skilled in an area such as numeracy or literacy or even a language, becoming a tutor is a fantastic opportunity to stay connected to your community! Tutors can either work from the comfort of their own homes or travel to the client’s house. Most tutors charge an hourly wage which can be determined by you!
If you do wish to work with school-aged children, obtaining a Working with Children Check is a good idea! Furthermore, completing some form of formal education qualification can help achieve legitimacy as a tutor (especially when you’re just starting out)!
Some people love the feeling of solo driving and being on the road. If you’re one of these people, becoming a delivery driver is an excellent opportunity to do this while earning extra money!
Becoming a delivery driver usually only requires a full driver’s licence (and any additional licenses determined by the employer), and a police check, which you can apply for online. Delivery driver hours are flexible and depend on the nature of the business you’re working for!
Tip: If you’re an early bird, consider being the local news agent’s newspaper delivery driver.
Becoming a local tour guide is a fantastic role for those who have a knack for telling stories, keeping history exciting and assisting people in making the most of their holiday! Tour guides need to be fit as a lot of walking will be involved! Some roles you could look into include:
Completing a nationally recognised tourism course will help prepare you for this type of work!
No matter what your previous employment was, skillset or interests, there are part-time job opportunities for all job seekers over 60 looking to get out and stay active in their retirement.
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