Today your dear Advice Uncle would like to dedicate this post to those wonderful libraries of experience who have given many years of their lives in supporting their families and holding them together.
This post is for those people who have served in various organizations and contributed to their success in innumerable ways till retirement.
If we open our dictionary to search for the meaning of the word ‘retirement,’ it simply states –
“The action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work.”
A pertinent matter to be considered here is that, retirement is a process that is easier said than done. For most of the people who are in the ‘twilight years’ of their careers, retirement is a huge change. It is that change which has the ability to impact not only their daily routines but also the way they will see themselves and the world in the years to follow.
A ‘retired’ professional has new challenges to tackle. A new routine coupled with a rather quieter life. The very thought of retirement makes the a person doubt his/her usefulness and worth, which is natural. Their children may be all grown up and running after their own lives while their spouses might still be working.
Whoa! That’s a bit too much to digest now, isn’t it? All these years, we cocoon ourselves in our comfort zone of a stable career, smooth family and social life, and everything familiar. But retirement has the potential to throw us off track completely.
As much as our preparation for this event in our life is concerned, there are still things that can be totally unexpected.
But retirement is not the end…It is just the beginning!
Yes! Retirement is not the end. It is a second chance, an opportunity, to create something new.
But, how does one begin? What should one do? And what not to do?
Here is a ready- reckoner from dear Advice Uncle to help you with your new journey of searching the right vocation along with relevant educational courses for you, after retirement.
Let’s begin our tour of post-retirement options right away!
Learn it Right, Do it Right – What Career Options and Courses are Good for the Retired Person?
Become a Yoga Trainer & Expert – Make Good Health Your Way of Living
Yoga is the art and science which helps in the making of a ‘balanced person,’ from a physical, mental and spiritual standpoint. It harnesses the power of various vital faculties of the body and paves the way to better physical health and mental stability.
A busy life or ‘the sense of it,’ often renders our health weak, be it physically or mentally.
So how about combining the power of great health with a novel way of making a living? Becoming a yoga instructor will help you in just that!
With high emphasis on alternative medicine and healthcare, the legacy of the ancient philosophy of Yoga continues to thrive among the masses.
How do I Become a Yoga Instructor?
- You can enjoy a fruitful learning process by enrolling in ‘Yoga retreats’ which teach aspiring trainers through intensive programs spanning from 200-500 hours. Of late, the State of Uttarakhand has become one of the popular destinations for learning Yoga, even internationally.
- If you want to learn nuances of Yoga at a more intricate level, then there are courses ranging from simple certificate levels to advanced diplomas. Most of these courses have the mandatory prerequisite of being educated at 10+2 level, whereas some courses may require a graduate degree.
- While hunting for the right Yoga teacher training program, do consider factors like affiliation, course content, accommodation, and reviews, before making an informed choice.
Translator – Make a Foreign Language Your Own
Remember the popular saying “You are never too late to learn?”
Well this is your chance!! For any Indian, the great part of becoming a translator is that the multilingual trait runs in our blood. On average, an Indian knows at least 2-3 languages which usually include their mother tongue, a regional dialect and any one of the 22 official languages of the Indian Union.
Thanks to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India, many MNCs, universities, commerce chambers, etc. are in need of highly skilled translators adept in the art of conveying the true essence of content from one language to the other. Translators need to be creative and constantly keep themselves abreast with the latest trends and usage of language.
German, Russian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, etc. are some of the popular languages which are in great demand today.
So, what are Some Useful Courses for Becoming a Translator?
You can learn any foreign (or Indian) language in either of the following ways –
- By pursuing a degree (Bachelors/Masters) in a foreign language offered at any reputed Indian University. These courses can be completed by attending full-time classes or through distance learning programs.
- If the first option does not suit you, you can go for foreign language courses offered by globally recognized institutions like Max Mueller Bhavan (German), Chinese Language Institute (Chinese), Alliance Française (French) and Cervantes (Spanish). These institutes teach languages at basic and various advanced levels, clearing which you can fulfill your polyglot dream.
- After completion of your requisite language course, you can register yourself with translation agencies at a beginner level. As you gain experience with time, you always have the option to freelance!
Become a Writer – Use the Power of the Pen (Or Keyboard, Maybe??)
Writing is among the most beautiful ways to portray emotions, opinions and knowledge. The world is still replete with avid readers looking for quality content in the print and digital formats. People still relish digging into hardbound books, online articles & blogs. Have a story? Write it down! You can step into the world of blogging and share your thoughts in the digital space as well.
You can freelance or do ghostwriting for specific clients. Many sites even pay for selling essays to them, while some of them also conduct writing contests and offer monetary prizes.
What Courses Can Help Me Become a Writer?
- One of the hallmarks that make a writer is that, words come out straight from the heart. Many aspiring writers become apprehensive when they see the towering rules of grammar and are worried about using the right words at the right time. Don’t worry…It’s the passion that counts first.
- Popular and recognized Universities in India like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Symbiosis University, Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC), and many others, offer Diplomas and Certificate level courses in creative writing. These courses are available both as full time and in distance learning modules.
- If you are looking forward to brushing up your creative writing skills but are pressed for time, try attending short writing workshops conducted by British Council. Groups like “Meetups,” organize similar workshops from time to time. Sign up on their list and get regular updates!
Teach the Art of Cooking & Baking – Spread the Taste
Culinary delights never have and will never cease to be a delight. A very famous quote says it all…
“Chefs don’t make mistakes, they create new dishes.”
If you have been a cooking enthusiast but never found the time for it back then, now is your chance to experiment and innovate! Learn the beautiful art of cooking or create a masterpiece by immersing yourself in the highly technical craft called patisserie.
With your expertise in this field, many people can avail the benefit of whipping up some delectable treats, by getting trained under you!
How to Get into the Culinary Arts? Look…
- Cooking classes teach not only the technique of executing a dish but also help in understanding the process involved like preparation, inventory making and judicious use of resources. A sound knowledge of all these factors can significantly help you in setting up shop.
- A plethora of cooking and baking courses are available, both online and in the ‘regular workshops’ way. It is best if you attend these classes as much as you can to help you build up the experience.
- Institutes like Assocom Institute of Bakery Technology & Management (AIBTM), offer programs which include many certificate and diploma courses, teaching food craft, food technology, safety and quality control.
- Specialized training programs in the form of cake decoration, making gluten-free food, biscuit processing, etc. are available.
So, what are you waiting for??
And yes! While you are at it, why not create some interactive YouTube videos that display your culinary talent? Every artist can certainly do wonders with more viewership and lots of encouragement.
Become a Manager – The Art of Control & Coordination
Resources are available everywhere, be it land, labor or capital. All that remains is an anchor who can hold these resources and make them work together.
Being a manager is not as easy as it seems. Behind the smart getup and confident strides, the ideal manager is a unique blend of leadership, empathy, accountability, flexibility and has the ability to take effective decisions.
Your years of experience combined with the right training/grooming, can make you a person capable of working wonders for any organization you become a part of.
Which Management Courses are Beneficial for You?
- The interesting part about management courses is their ease of availability and accessibility. Management programs can now be pursued by people of all age groups and graduates in any stream.
- These courses have diversified to cater for fields which require special attention, such as healthcare, hospital management, marketing, finance, human resources, operations management, etc.
- Management programs can be easily pursued through part-time or full-time modes, followed by an internship.
- Different Business schools have their own eligibility criteria for accepting students into their programs; most of these however, require clearing an entrance exam (CAT, MAT, XAT, etc.) along with personal interview and group activities as part of their assessment.
- Some public and private sector organizations in India offer ‘resettlement courses’ to enable lateral placement of their employees in other companies of repute. Do remember to enquire about the same in your present place of work (if any).
Become a Financial Advisor
The Great Chinese philosopher Confucius once said,
“He who will not economize will have to agonize…”
With the current economy changing trends at a very fast pace, our financial needs should not only cater for the present but should show definite growth in the future. This is where a financial advisor comes in.
For starting out as a financial advisor, you can be a part of a company in this field or through a professional networking website.
Who knows, with time and experience, you may eventually have your own consultancy!!
Keen on Becoming a Financial Planner/Advisor? Read on!
- The best part! You can be a graduate in any discipline and still be a certified financial planner! All you need to do is to obtain certification from the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) of India (an affiliate of FPSB Ltd., Denver, USA). Housewives can especially gain a lot from obtaining this certification and have a comfortable income post retirement.
- The CFP (Certified Financial Planner) certification puts you at par with international standards of financial management and instruction. SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) too recognizes this certification as a prerequisite to becoming a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA).
- Do check out the website www.fintreeindia.com and learn more about the course curriculum, exam preparation and career opportunities in the financial sector!
Get into Teaching
It is never too late to learn, and it’s definitely never late if you wish to teach. This profession is no longer as simple as it sounds. Teaching as a job is highly demanding which needs a lot of commitment and patience. Depending on how much time and resources you can spare, you can enlist yourselves in a regular school or become a part of some NGO offering to teach the underprivileged. You can even take private tuitions within the comfort of your home and teach any particular subject you like.
How do I Become a Teacher?
- Apart from a regular graduation/post-graduation degree in any subject, advanced qualification in the form of a B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) from any recognized University is necessary. If you are keen, pursuing a Master’s degree in the same field can greatly enhance your skillset.
- If obtaining a formal education in teaching is not your cup of tea, online platforms like Coursera offer good teaching courses by tying up with international centers of learning.
- Several teaching institutions and coaching centers do not require a formal degree in education and rely only on your expertise in the subject along with passion for teaching. Though the pay scale may differ in such cases.
Become a Real Estate Agent/Broker
With fast paced urban development and a never stopping migration of population, the need for proper housing and accommodation facilities has increased significantly. All these years, the real-estate market in India has been largely unorganized. But thanks to RERA (Real Estate Regulation and Development Act) 2016, this sector is striding towards transparency and efficiency.
How to Become a Real Estate Broker/Agent?
- With RERA in effect, a real estate broker/agent needs to be certified, qualified and trained under the Real Estate Broker Certification Program.
With the right combination of interpersonal skills, qualifications and awareness of basic calculations and property laws, a career in the real estate business can help generate a good income after retirement.
Knowledge may tell you what an arterial pulse is, but it takes experience to tell the difference between a water hammer pulse and a throbbing one.
Yay!! So now that you have had a steady idea of what you would like to learn and pursue as a career later, let’s quickly get to the why part…
Why do Retired People Need Jobs?
The answer is – for Dignity, with the power to live life on their own terms – Simple as that.
Never forget that being retired from a regular mainstream job does not mean that your worth has gone down in any way. Look at the brighter side! Years of experience and expertise in your field of work can become a beacon of hope for those who wish to learn only from the best or to the newbies in your field. For only experience can help us understand what knowledge cannot afford.
Here is a special section which offers a glimpse into the challenges retired people face –
Retired people have put in years of toil and hard work to give their organization meaning. They have earned respect and recognition through sheer persistence and dedication. Though retirement is an inevitable part of any regular paying job, almost everyone who is going to face this day, feels a bit worried. Things won’t be the same again and not regular like they used to be.
There won’t be any rushing to work, the hurried breakfast or stressful traveling. Life may seem to slow down. You now get to spend more time with your spouse, kids and engage in stuff which you never had the time to do earlier.
Seems a beautiful prospect doesn’t it?
But not everyone wishes to slow down. Not everyone wishes to leave what they used to do. Having a gainful vocation gives people a sense of purpose, something with which they identify themselves.
Retirement does create a difference. Two types of people can be seen based on how they respond to the retirement experience – Ones who see the world in confluence with their identity versus those who find ways to accommodate both their new life and their sense of self.
The former type of person when faced with situations that challenge their identity, often faces difficulties in adapting and accepting these changes. The accommodating type of people on the other hand can adapt better to the new circumstances and in fact create something new out of it.
Victor in 1994 showed a pretty useful guide to indicate what would-be retirees and retired people feel:
- A growing interest as retirement approaches
- Initial euphoria
- Some stress
- Dealing with adjustments to a new lifestyle
- Settling down
Each phase has its own idiosyncrasies. The retiree may feel that he/she is giving up a major part of their life. Change is not easy, especially for those who have been at a particular thing for such a long time. Adding to the mix are the new dynamics that will shape the person’s relationship with their spouse and children (who might be working as well).
Another challenge that troubles this group is the redundant notion that retired people should not be working but rather enjoying this phase of life (which many retirees don’t). Sadly they are thought to be aged, weak and frail, with slower power of understanding and comprehension.
Many think that they might not be able to keep up with the demands of present economy, and this is precisely where they go wrong. ‘Retired’ is just a tag and ‘tiredness’ is just a state of mind.
This one was certainly emotional though…
Retirement is a new phase which shouldn’t be viewed as ‘the end’ but a ‘new beginning.’
Each phase in our lives should be welcomed with a smile. Retirement may usher many changes, including a change of place, change of people, change of career and most importantly, a change of our state of mind.
This is the time where the age factor may seem like a hindrance to many, but it is up to you to step out of your comfort zone and rebrand yourself with new skills and lots of positivity. Be open to new possibilities and become a student once again.
A multitude of courses and opportunities are available which can help you discover a new you.
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