CHICAGO – As Pamela Pommer entered her 60s, she planned to your workplace part-time helping aging people take care of financial troubles. But like many seniors she discovered that a "meaningful" position is noticeably harder to find than she’d imagined.

About a year ago, Pommer was laid off with a recruiting job for a for-profit college in suburban Minneapolis.

"I had put together browse the book: 'Do What we Love as well as Money Will observe,'" said Pommer, 64. "I devoured it. However it became elusive."

Numerous studies suggest Pommer's experience seriously isn’t unusual.?Only 11 percent of folks aged 61 to 66 found part-time jobs because they transitioned into retirement, as outlined by a 2019 study by the U.S. General Accountability Office.

The research, commissioned through the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging, discovered that regardless that forty somethings and beyond, unlike earlier generations, wish to work part-time before entering full retirement, few employers' policies take – essentially the just like Ten years ago.

Companies are hesitant to hire older workers on account of legal and operational issues, the study found, citing high medical care insurance costs and concern with discrimination lawsuits if younger personnel are not due to the same flexibility. Managers also complain about tracking time while at work, accounting for merit increases, bonuses and juggling schedules, the GAO said.

That does not always mean you should quit a meaningful career move or a part-time job in retirement. Just realise that many potential employers is probably not there with open arms.

Here is advice from experts and those that have got the leap.


Although most organizations aren’t set up to give folks their 60s flexibility, organizations are beginning rethink policies because millennials also want the freedom to be effective on less rigid schedules, said David DeLong, founding father of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consultancy in Concord, Massachusetts.

Long before requesting flexibility, "contain a heart-to-heart with all your boss to make sure you absolutely are a valued employee," said DeLong.

Make sure your job perform on flex-time. Northeast Bank in Minneapolis attempted to accommodate a valued branch manager and commercial lender who planned to semi-retire, but it really didn’t work out, Time Director Sue Johnson LaGue said.

With time from the office, deals are not getting done subsequently. Your budget ended the arrangement, but will continue to offer part-time attempt to retired tellers and receptionists.

"We enjoy our baby boomers," said LaGue. "They have a a lot of open experience, need no training and they are dedicated and dependable."


Encore careers will often be short-term. You will do best by consulting and moving from gig to gig rather than endeavoring to settle into one position.

Matt Budd, founding father of Financial Executives Consulting Group in Darien, Connecticut, advised accepting a less-than-ideal job and then seeking a better one from your position of strength. "Acquire a title in addition to a business card," he explained.

JUST Get it done

Starting an encore business could be easier than locating a willing part-time employer, but start-up costs and attracting new clients is often overwhelming.

When Russ Ferance lost his hardware and software sales job in northern Michigan at 65, he cannot get rehired at companies of seeking young salesmen.

Ferance obtained the specified certification to trade Medicare-related health insurance coverage. Now the 73-year-old moves between your hot temps of Sarasota, Florida, brilliant northern Michigan home. It wasn’t easy starting fresh, though the independence is invaluable, he explained.

(The opinions expressed listed here are that relating to mcdougal, a columnist for Reuters)