Are you getting ready for retirement but you still want to keep your brain busy and help you earn a little bit extra by doing some part-time or seasonal work?

Here is a list of some of the best jobs for retirees.

I know a 60 year old friendly family and newly retired educational-product salesman from England who spends part of the winter months working in a ski lodge at the reception desk. His wife stays with him for a few weeks of his 3 month stint. He gets to meet people, keep his brain active, save a ton of money (both lodging and meals are provided) and make some money too. Not to mention the skiing. Look for jobs in seasonal places such as fishing lodges, hunting lodges, summer vacation homes, casinos, beachside name it. You can search the internet for opportunities. First pick a city or area that suits you, and then search from there. Look up local employment agencies that specialize in part-time and/or seasonal/contract work. Use your imagination, it may be surprising what jobs you can find

Even in these days of recession and budget tightening, most parents I know will make savings here and there, but they refuse to cut down the money they spend on their children. Nowadays, children go to after school classes, intense workshops and summer camp. It's not just art, piano lessons, ballet or gymnastics these days either. Children go to camps or after school classes on pilates, Argentinian Tango, kung fu, wushu, swimming, yoga, science, mathematics, language, language with art, language with name it. There are plenty of opportunities, the skills required are quite varied (though obviously you should like working with children and have a patient nature) and you do not necessarily have to have any teaching qualifications.

Cruise ships are more like giant cities on the sea. The larger cruise ships hire hundreds of staff from cleaners, housekeepers, entertainers, musicians, engineers, masseurs, beauticians, casino croupiers, youth counselors, stage management experts, IT workers, chefs, wait staff, shop assistants, nurses, doctors, local tour guides and so much more. The cruise ship industry is one of the fastest growing within the tourism and leisure travel sectors. New cruise ships are launching at an astonishing average of over seven per year, which adds up to tens of thousands of new jobs. Cruise ship companies are always on the lookout for new employees for, as you can imagine, turnover is quite high as it's not a lifestyle for everyone especially those with young families. The advantages of working on a cruise ship for the newly retired include:
- seeing the style
- getting paid to see the style
- a chance to save almost every penny you earn
- a chance to meet people from all walks of life. Cruise ship crews spend many days/weeks together so friendships tend to be more intense and richer than those with colleagues in any other career
- heavy discounts and other offers for family and friends
- decent medical insurance
- a chance to do something different with your life

Many cruise ships offered themed short tours such as art appreciation, flower arranging, self improvement, fitness and weight loss, an historical tour (e.g. history of ancient Greece) and lots more so if you have a particular area of knowledge, don't rule out your chances of getting paid to travel and chat about one of your favorite subjects!


Retired folk are generally considered clean, trustworthy and reliable. That's why home-sitting or pet sitting companies specifically want to attract those who are newly retired to work for them. There are websites such as and others. Or you can simply place an ad in your local paper, coffee shop bulletin board or online at Craigslist and similar.


One of my favorite books on the subject on living a fulfilling and productive retirement is Supercharged Retirement: Ditch the Rocking Chair, Trash the Remote, and Do What You Love which gives practical advice and specific action steps.

And there is a special edition of the career advice classic "What Color Is Your Parachute?" specifically about looking for work after retirement: What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future Look out for the section with the "Retirement Well-Being Model".

Retirement is not the end, but potentially the start of a whole new career. Whether you need some extra cash or not, I think it's well worth spending a little time researching jobs after retirement as it could help you find satisfying and meaningful ideas on how to spend your golden years. To your happy retirement!