If you are still working full time it may be time to start thinking about what you want to do next. Surprisingly, according to AARP almost 40% of workers are already changing careers – not just jobs – after they turn 50. In addition, 30% of those working in retirement start to work in a new field. So, change is the new norm. Why are older people changing their career fields?
They Want Them Young
One reason is that management in their area of expertise may prefer younger workers. This can be particularly true in fields such as technology and design. While not actively discriminating against older workers, it may be believed that younger workers will have more up to date skills. Management may also believe that younger workers are more tuned in to new trends. This can make it difficult for an older worker to feel valued.
Older Workers Have Nothing Left to Prove
Secondly, an older worker may be looking for a career that is less stressful. It is part of the human condition for young people to want to prove their competence. New projects that require long hours are taken on simply for the challenge. They desire to prove that they can get it done. An older worker has already learned their capabilities through taking on challenges and succeeding and, sometimes, failing.
There is Still Something to Prove
However, a third reason may be that the older worker has wanted to take on a challenge that in the past was not possible due to financial or family obligations. It may be being an entrepreneur, a flight attendant or a park ranger. Rather than believe it is too late, today’s older worker believes they still have time.
So the old belief that change is for the young no longer applies!
But you don’t need to be bored! The average American will still be alive and probably in good health at age 85 so you should consider working in retirement. If you retire at 65 that means you have 20 years of life to fill. Do you really need that much rest? Do you really have that many hobbies? Do you really have that much money to live off of?
It is not surprising that a majority of Americans plan to continue working in retirement. However, a majority of these people want a different type of job; one that is flexible and with less stress.
Your New Job – Not Like Your Old Job
Your retirement job does not need be in the same field as your career. This means that you will probably make less money as the job may be entry level. However, the joy of a retirement job is that it is no longer your primary source of income. This means that you can explore new fields of work that you have always found of interest.
You may no longer be top management with people under you that follow your orders. However, if you are not on a career ladder, you also won’t get emails late in the day about problems. Leave those to younger workers who are still needing to prove their competence.
You Can Always Quit
An advantage of a retirement job is that you can always quit – and probably get hired back. Most older workers have learned the personal and political skills to get along with everyone at the work site. In addition they are responsible and know how to interact with customers. Chances are that if you get tired of your retirement job and want to quit, your boss will probably welcome you back if and when you want to return.
The number of people who plan to work after retirement is increasing dramatically. However, according to a study of 7,000 retirees, not all have the same reasons for working. Which of these four types of retirees are you?
The smallest group, about 15%, continue to work because they want success and money. These retirees have always been driven to achieve and reaching the traditional retirement age does not end this desire. They tend to either stay in their same profession or leave to start their own business.
A little over a quarter of working retirees, or 28%, are employed simply because they need the money. These are people who do not have enough savings to provide a sufficient income. Others suffered financial reverses due to health or family issues
Another quarter, or 24%, of working retirees continue with employment because they believe that working is part of a healthy lifestyle. However, they differ from achievers in that they now want jobs that they find interesting even if they do not lead to wealth or recognition.
Lastly 33% of working retirees work because they believe that their jobs help individuals or society. Employment provides a sense of purpose and a source of identity.
Which type you are will effect the type of employment you will seek. Of course, you reasons for work after retirement may be a combination of more than one reason!
According to a WSJ article, Nolan Ryan, one of the most celebrated baseball pitchers of all time, said it best. When you put on the uniform it doesn’t matter if you are the greatest player or sit on the bench, you are still part of a team. When Ryan retired from baseball, he found that being part of a team with shared goals was what he missed the most.
One reason people work in retirement is to regain that feeling of being part of a team. It doesn’t matter if you loved your job, or it just gave you something to grumble about when you got home, you belonged. Starting work with another organization, even just part time, can give a retiree that same feeling. You may no longer be management giving the orders, but you still have colleagues and a sense of shared identity.
It’s the Organization Not the Title That Matters
So, when looking for part time work, focus on organizations that you find of interest rather than just focus on the job title. Choose an organization about which you will want to learn more and share what you have learned with friends and family.
Join Me at Nashville Community Education
The growth of the economy in Nashville has resulted in many new part time employment opportunities in fields from hospitality to logistics. These jobs are an excellent way to supplement retirement income while providing social engagement and again being part of a team.
I will be teaching a two-session course where the first session will help you assess the skills you have to offer an employer. You will then determine which job posting sites have employment opportunities that match your skills.
The second session will provide practical information on application forms and short resumes along with a hands on experience applying for jobs.
What Small Towns Can Offer Tourists: Yuma –Agriculture and Military
Convention and Visitor Bureaus may wonder what small towns can offer tourists. They can learn a lot from the example of Yuma, Arizona. How do I know about Yuma? I lived there for one year while I was a visiting professor at Northern Arizona University’s satellite campus. (When I write my life story, it will be the Bonita in the Desert chapter.)
Located in the US near the Mexican border, from early times it was the best place to ford the mighty Colorado River. Of course now there are bridges to cross the river, so why should anyone visit Yuma which is only known for agriculture and military bases, not top visitor attractions? The visitor bureau decided that there were foodies that would want to visit if the right tours were developed.
Agricultural Tours in Yuma
Just want to look? There are farm tours with musical entertainment, lunch and door prizes.
Want to pick? You can visit a farm and pick your own produce to take home with you. After you enjoy a meal using local ingredients prepared by culinary students.
Want to cook it yourself? Local restaurants have culinary classes where you can learn to cook regional specialties.
Yuma could be called the lettuce capital of the world with 350 days of sunshine a year so don’t forget Lettuce Days at the end of February! It includes cooking demonstrations, beer pairing, salad bar tossing and stories by the field hands that make the lettuce growing possible.
Military Tours in Yuma
Yuma is home to the US Army Proving Ground where weaponry is tested. Usually off limits to civilians, special tours have been developed for people who like things that go boom!
Just want to take a look? The At Ease Tour includes a bus tour of the base, visit to the heritage center and a chance to eat at the on base restaurant with military personnel.
Want to see behind the scenes? The tour will also take you to see areas that are usually off-limits to civilians.
So now you know what small towns can offer tourists. Yuma took two industries without direct ties to tourism and packaged them as family friendly visitor experiences.
Airlines have been transporting people for years. For all these years, people have been managing to board an airplane, take a seat and the flight has taken off. What was once considered standard behavior today has become much more complicated.
Now getting on the plane is considered a perk that is to be rewarded or withheld according to the revenue model of the airline.
What is the Reason for New Boarding Models?
Finding a better model for boarding planes can be financially rewarding for airlines. It is estimated that saving 30 to 60 seconds on the time it takes to board a plane can save a significant amount of money for an airline that has thousands a flights a day.
Selling Access to Airline Boarding
But there is a secondary financial motive that developed when airlines started to charge baggage fees. After all there is no need for a passenger to rush to board an airplane to get a seat; if they have a reservation and purchase a ticket they will get a seat.
What impels people to jockey to get ahead in line is the need to get overhead space for their baggage. Since airlines started to charge for checking bags more people are taking their bags on to the airplane.
So, the airlines want to board planes as quickly as possible in an orderly manner while the passengers want to get on as fast as possible. The airlines solution? Give priority boarding to passengers who pay more, have an airline charge card, are frequent flyers or pay for the privilege. It has become so complicated that American Airlines has nine categories for boarding preference.
Oh wait, that would be ten categories if you count the group that is so privileged that it has no number that boards before Group One. What do passengers feel would be the best method? No seems to have asked.
The hotel industry continues to redefine hospitality as society changes. Some of the trends to watch for are co-working, providing experiences beyond the hotel and local means serving locals. All revolve around the concept of hospitality rediscovering its roots. Hospitality is not just about serving the people who need a bed for the night. Hospitality is being redefined as serving all the needs of the guests and reaching out to local residents to also serve their needs.
Co-working Spaces in Hotels
Co-working spaces are of interest to people who work remotely and don’t have a company office. But they are also popular because people like the energy that results from working together. Hotels are responding by adding more communal spaces rather than assuming that people want to work in their rooms.
Experiences Beyond the Hotel
People want local experiences when they stay in a community. Rather than just have a concierge that tells people what to see and do, hotels are starting to create their own experiences that they can then sell to visitors. Local isn’t just using local art for decoration and local food in the kitchen.
Hotels Serving the Locals
While hotels are creating tours to gain more revenue from guests they have traditionally ignored the local community. They may have contributed to local charity. They may also book meeting rooms for local organizations. Now hotels are considering how they can extend hospitality by providing services to the hundreds of business people who work in the buildings around the hotel. This includes use of a hotel room for freshening up before an evening event, use of the gym facilities or package delivery.
Any group that follows a religious belief that prescribes certain behaviors for daily living may have unique needs when traveling. This is true of conservative Muslims that follow halal practices, a set of rules of what is permissible and what is not.
While not every Muslim will feel the need to do so, some want hotels that reflect their beliefs. As a result, there is a growing number of hotels that promote halal tourism.
These hotels do not serve alcohol, serve halal food, have separate recreational facilities for men and women. Other ideas for making conservative Muslims feel at home are providing prayer rugs in the rooms and having staff dress conservatively. Why do so? It is estimated that by 2020 11 per cent of travelers will be conservative Muslims.
Growing Tourist Segment
This is a market segment worth over $200 billion. Turkey already has 40 hotels that cater to this segment. In 2016 the annual conference dedicated to halal tourism attracted attendees from 30 countries including Western countries as the need for such hotels is not just confined to Muslin countries but anywhere a conservative Muslin may wish to go.
Every business in hospitality dreads when customers walk out. A survey was conducted to ask what would make a person walk out of a restaurant, whether it was fast food or fine dining. Customers walk out because of staff unfriendliness, poor quality of food, poor quality of service and, worst of all, lack of cleanliness.
21% of those surveyed said that unfriendly staff attitude was a reason they would walk out. Staff can follow all the correct procedures but if their attitude reveals they don’t care about the customers, it shows.
Poor Food Quality
23% stated that if the quality of the food disappoints they may leave, and certainly won’t be back. People understand that the quality depends on the type or restaurant, but expect the level promised.
Poor Service Quality
26% would leave if the service is poor. This reason is different from unfriendly staff. This has to do with how the service is given and also if the diner is given what they want when it is requested.
Lack of Cleanliness
30% of those surveyed said they would leave if everything from the windows in the front of the restaurant to the restrooms in the back is dirty.
After all, if the restaurant doesn’t keep the places customers see clean, heaven knows what the kitchen looks like!
Before the internet the only way to book a trip was to use a professional travel agency who had the knowledge and the tools to make the airline and hotel reservations. The number of travel agencies peaked in the US in 1997.
However less than half were in business in 2012! What happened? People could find information and book everything online.
Travel Agencies are Back!
Why then are some travel agencies making a comeback? There is now way too much information! Travelers no longer have the time to wade through it all to create their own unique travel experience. The busy Millennial doesn’t have time to do their own taxes, shop for their own groceries or clean their own home. They rely on professionals for these tasks for which they either are not equipped or do not have the time to perform. No is the time for the resurgence of the travel agency!
Called by different brand names, but often referred to as Departure Lounges, the new travel agency looks like a upscale bar and sells craft beer, wine and upscale cocktails.
They also have travel consultants who will take over the task of designing a personalized itinerary. These new travel agencies also hold special nights to learn about travel to exotic locations. Family events are held where children are involved in the planning.
Spending Money on Travel
Does it work? Eighty per cent of clients who come in to meet with a travel consultant end up booking a trip.
The average cost of the trip $10,000! There are no fees for the traveler, but the departure lounges do make money on the high priced drinks they sell. But if you are going to book a $10,000 trip, you are not going to complain about the cost of a drink.