9 Ways to Start a New Career When You Retire

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Longer life spans are changing the face of retirement. Encore careers, a term that has become common over the last several years, are increasingly popular. Many retirees see a second career as an opportunity to pursue their passions and give back to their communities. This is especially true if the first one was spent focused on the paycheck, and simply didn’t provide personal satisfaction. Ideally, now that you have retired, life is more settled, and you have more financial security. Additionally, you have many years of life’s experiences that weren’t there when you started out the first time. Here are 9 tips on starting a new career if you retire young.

1) Focus on Your Strengths and Passions

Since a second career is often more focused on fulfillment than the first, it is important to focus on your strengths and passions when deciding how to move forward. As you make decisions about what you want to do, seriously consider the things that make you feel passionate and energetic. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Are there any activities that you lose yourself in, to the point of losing track of what’s going on around you? Think about hobbies you have that pique the interests of your friends and family, or whether you have any unique skills with the potential to make money. It’s also important to consider your strengths and whether they match what you love to do. For example, there’s a lot more to running a restaurant than enjoying food.

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