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Popular New or Second Careers for Senior Men

By    |   Thursday, 03 Sep 2015 04:42 PM

Senior men who return to the workforce after retirement or even during their working years often choose a second career for a change of pace. This “re-careering” is becoming more popular among people in the workforce and about to leave their jobs due to age. It can create an energetic feeling of worthiness in the workplace and bring challenging rewards for longer working years.

Now is a good time for a “re-career” move for seniors because of an impending labor shortage in the U.S., Women for Hire noted. Employers needing new employees and unable to find traditional employees are more open to taking a chance on non-traditional workers, such as seniors starting a new career.

AARP suggested that senior men returning to the workforce in a new role look at jobs in fast-growing, high-demand fields. Among its suggestions are the medical field, retail sales, customer service, and financial services.

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The difficulties for senior men choosing a second career might include the perception that they wouldn’t be good employees because they are “over-qualified.” But there are many employers who view seniors as experienced and willing to make an extra effort in their duties. Seniors are also looked at as being mentors to younger workers.

These jobs give senior men a chance at a second career to make working more interesting, according to AOL Jobs and Career Builder.

1. The medical service and health care field is growing fast as the American population is aging, AOL Jobs and Career Builder reported. More than 5 million jobs in this field could be available by 2020, according to a 2012 study by Georgetown University Center.

2. Teaching online and continuing education classes is a growing field, and many seniors have experience in delivering information and working with others.

3. Starting a business has become a popular second career for senior men. Seniors make up the largest percentage of entrepreneurs, according to a 2012 report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

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4. Environmentally friendly and green jobs address energy needs as they develop. This is also a growing field.

5. Financial services jobs include financial adviser, tax preparer, and bookkeeper, Forbes reported. Seniors are experienced in life as well as competent in giving financial advice. Older clients are more comfortable with advisers their own age.

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