11 best jobs for senior citizens after retirement

The official retirement age is 60, but with a healthy attitude, people can now work until a much later age, and employers are actively looking to hire seniors as they recognize that experienced workers often have strengths that some younger workers lack. Utilizing their skills and experience benefits society as well. According to an AARP survey of HR managers, senior employees demonstrate loyalty, a strong work ethic, and high levels of positive engagement on the job. Finding a job for seniors used to be difficult, but now there are many avenues available that connect employers with seniors looking to return to the workforce. Job boards for seniors include Monster, Naukri, and Shine.  

Mr.Kritarth Malhotra, Mr. Vipul Vij, and his 77-year-old uncle Mr. Ramesh Vij, a retired technocrat, founded HUM, an online community-based job platform, in 2017 in Delhi, where they connect senior citizens with employers seeking experienced people via Facebook and Whatsapp. Every year, the Nightingale Empowerment Foundation in Bangalore hosts a job fair called Jobs 60+ for senior citizens who are physically active and want to work. Working after retirement is a good idea because it helps you stay physically and mentally healthy while also providing an extra source of income. If one wishes to return to the workforce, one can look for a job in their specialized field with more flexibility or pursue a passion or interest as a career.

However, before embarking on this Work Life 2.0, it is crucial to have the answers to the following questions –

  • What is the motivating factor? Money? Boredom? Both?
  • How much money do you need to earn?
  • What kind of work would you find fulfilling?
  • Will you work part time or full time?
  • Would you consider working for yourself or working from home?
  • What kind of retraining are you willing to engage in?

Post Retirement Jobs


Following are some of the jobs that seniors above 55 years can explore after retirement:


Becoming a Real Estate Investor:


Investing in properties as an option by seniors have become a sweeter deal lately. They plan to invest in real estate to effectively become self-employed with various investing strategies from flipping houses to rental investment to commercial investing. With these strategies, they generate monthly income from the rentals,rising in the property prices while they hold their properties with them acts as an added benefit. Rental property assets make up a large source of income in one’s retirement planning these days. Although investing in the right property is your shot to take which ultimately leads to profits or losses.


For added convenience, choose a real estate vendor with easy-liquidation facilities such as Ashiana Housing and our Resale and Rental Team. We connect our house owners to fellow buyers/tenants for an easy conversation and seamless transaction, thus providing an easy liquidity option.


Working as a Consultant:


Retired individuals with advanced degrees or specialized experience in programming, website development, finance, and litigation can consider a career in consulting as its highly sought after. The pay is also pretty handsome in consulting and clubbed with the experience, you can make some big bucks for sure.


Start a Retail Business:


Many retirees opt to open their own retail business. From running a bed and breakfast to launching a new product, retirees are starting their own businesses in droves. If you have a large collection of any kind, the internet makes it easy to start a new online business because of the relatively low overhead costs of selling and advertising online through sites like eBay, ulX, Facebook Market, Flipkart Seller Hub and Quikr. You can also sell your personalised handmade goods on Etsy.Success in career gives seniors the knowledge and confidence to launch a business where you can set the schedule and pace of your work. Putting up a vacant room or house on Airbnb or Couchsurfing is also a good idea to earn good money and interact with people from different cultures.


Teaching Assistants and Tutors:


Retirees who enjoy working with students might enjoy being a teaching assistant or a tutor. Universities sometimes hire teaching assistants for nominal pay. Tutors, on the other hand, can be self-employed or work with a larger organization. You can teach from the comfort of your home as well by registering with online learning platforms like Coursera, Unacademy, Khan Academy, Byju’s, etc. Uploading teaching videos on YouTube is also quite a trend these days. Moreover, on platforms like Udemy, you can make a course and update it from time to time, without even having to work daily.


Work as a Temp or Intern:


Temporary jobs or paid internships can allow you to balance work and leisure. These jobs can range from general labor to office jobs such as bookkeeping, customer service, and data processing. Assignment length can vary. Furthermore, many temporary jobs and internships do not require a specific skill set, extensive work experience, or a graduate degree.




Volunteering positions with animal shelters or charitable organizations can be appealing to retirees with an empathetic disposition. Volunteering India welcomes healthy older people who are valued for their skills and life experience. Volunteering can include teaching underprivileged children, working for women’s empowerment, rescuing animals, doing medical internships, and so on. One can also donate time and money to local charitable organizations; all it takes is a good heart to help another human being.


Earning through Social Media Platforms:


Social media is a great way to earn from the convenience of your home. Even if you’re not acclimatized to the world of social media, you can do so through some easy and simple courses on Youtube and/or Udemy. You can start by working as a Social Media Manager and even better, you can work for your fellow friends or known ones who are just starting off with their businesses. Another way to earn through social media is to create content, you can create any content that you think you’re proficient in, moreover, content in a regional language is also a great direction to start with. Cooking, Gardening, Book Reviews, Life Lessons, etc. are some of the very common content ideas to explore!




Blogging is the ultimate work-from-home job which requires no specific educational requirements or training; you just need a way with words and enough comfort with technology to learn how to use various content management systems. With most content being read online, blogging or content writing for online sites is in huge demand nowadays and can be done from the comfort of one’s home and pays well also. You just need a computer, good internet speed, and just let your creative juices flow. In another word, blogging is a subset of content creation – with the only limit being that the content is in textual form.


Athletic Coach


Sports coaching can help you share your passion for sports with a new generation of aspiring athletes while also staying physically active. The pay is low, but the opportunity to interact with the next generation keeps you mentally agile and relevant, and the satisfaction of seeing someone succeed because of your guidance is priceless.





Day-to-day financial tasks and daily cash management. Ordinarily simple tasks such as balancing a checkbook, organizing paperwork, and paying household bills could be a great job for the senior citizens


A Final Word


At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal preference; some prefer to continue working after retirement, while others prefer to enjoy the peaceful phase. Working after retirement, on the other hand, can provide a fantastic opportunity to work on your own terms. Many companies value older workers’ experience and, as a result, offer flexible and rewarding jobs to encourage and retain them. There are several ways to turn your interests and experience into a rewarding career after retirement. It also allows you to train for a new, exciting job or volunteer position with minimal time investment. One does not need to fear the R word-Retirement, because it no longer denotes the end of one’s productive years.


Retirement is just a phase of life, which can surely mean a new beginning. You can travel the world, get fit, play sports, read a lot, and enjoy your life even more fully than you did in your working years. Or, your retirement can also mean starting a new work journey depending on your preference. As they say, age is just a number, why stop at 55, 60, or even 65?

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