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Starting the Next Chapter: Find Your Niche in Retirement

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By Jennifer Mish on Reading Eagle [Aug 9, 2020]

The days of working at the same job or in the same profession until retirement are becoming obsolete.

Many of us may have worked our entire career in a profession or stayed in the same position because we excelled, because that’s what we were supposed to do, or because that is what our father did, not necessarily because we loved what we were doing.

We may find ourselves wanting more later in life or wanting to do activities that we enjoy and bring us purpose.

When we look at the next chapter in our career or wonder what we might do after retirement, we have an opportunity to find a profession we are passionate about and allows us to contribute to society, we could discover a part-time job that brings us joy, or a volunteer position at a not-for-profit that shares our values.

So where do you start? How do you know what you are passionate about?

Ask yourself, “What activities do I enjoy the most? What gives me quality of life? What is a good work-life balance?”

What gives you joy today isn’t necessarily the same things you felt passionate about in your 20s. Take some time to think this part through. Perhaps make a list of activities, things or people that put a smile on your face.

Next is the fun part. Start looking for and exploring the activities on your list.

Talk to your friends and family members about what you want and what you are looking for, search Facebook or other social media platforms. Follow or join groups that share your passions.

If it is a job you are looking for, do your research on the company. Does the company share your passions, your values? Ask current employees what they like best about their job.

If it is volunteering that drives you, spend an afternoon with the business’ director, ask for a meeting to learn about their vision, and find out where your skills can contribute the most.

And remember, it’s never too late to start a different career, develop your passion and acquire a new skill! Make YOU the priority.