With the rising emphasis on mental and physical health, some might find it surprising that many choose to work even when they’re financially set for their twilight years.
These “post-retirement professionals” have found that engaging in part-time roles or volunteering can be a perfect blend of utilising their skills, indulging in hobbies, globetrotting, and quality family time.
Some of our most driven clients even embark on entrepreneurial journeys after retiring.
In this blog post, let’s delve into three compelling reasons to consider clocking a few hours, even in retirement.
Working Acts as a Wellness Booster.
The allure of early retirement is undeniable. While relishing the fruits of your labour at a younger age is tempting, research shows a correlation between complete retirement, reduced cognitive and physical activity, and increased health concerns.
Working stimulates your brain, encourages creative thinking, and promotes overall wellness. It motivates you to be conscious about your health and presentation and rewards you with the satisfaction of achievement.
Besides, who wants to be the one lounging endlessly, binge-watching, and unintentionally driving their better half up the wall?
Work Bestows Purpose.
One challenge many face post-retirement is the identity void left by their professional roles. Many, having anchored their self-worth to their job, find the retirement transition jarring.
Securing a part-time position can reinstate some of that lost vigour.
Imagine this: previously, you might have been in a role that was more of a necessity than a passion. But now, with financial stability, you could educate young minds at a college, contribute your time to a local charity, or volunteer at an organisation that resonates with your values. All these without the pressure of a hefty paycheck.
Work Enhances Social Connections.
Early retirement may pave the way to a social vacuum. With peers still engrossed in their daily grind or family commitments, the social fabric once enjoyed could thin out. And as delightful as your spouse might be, variety is the spice of life.
Stepping into a new work environment post-retirement can lead to diverse connections. The opportunities are multifaceted, from intergenerational friendships to peer networking, from imparting wisdom to absorbing fresh perspectives.
Of course, working in retirement can affect other aspects of your financial planning, even if you don’t need the money, such as taxes, withdrawal rates, and your relationship with your spouse.
If you’re considering a new part-time job, let’s schedule a conversation to discuss any adjustments we should be considering so that you get the best life possible with the extra bit of money you’ll soon have.