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Forums » Work & Retirement » Working After Retirement » How do you keep contributing in your area of expertise after you retire?
How do you keep contributing in your area of expertise after you retire?
posted at April 30, 2013 11:02 PM EDT
First: April 30, 2013
Last: April 30, 2013
Once you retire, if you want to kick back and go on a long golfing vacation, and never formally work again...well you have earned it.
On the other hand, if you continue to be passionate about your work, there are several ways you can keep contributing. The good thing is you will be able to leverage your past experience, do it at your pace and make a meaningful difference. Well, it can also compensate really well.
To give you a background, there are two key trends in the market
1. Businesses are getting increasingly complex, business managers are getting younger and more transient
2. While there is a lot of innovation in education, professionals and business owners value hands-on expertise above other forms of learning...and there are not many places they can go to for that. Sure, they can read about a topic on blogs and magazines...but to have a more nuanced discussion customized to their needs and aspirations, that's a whole different level
Starting your own coaching or consulting practice is an option. SBA's SCORE is a good place to volunteer as a mentor. Skillshare.com allows you to give a talk on a topic close to your heart, and earn ticket sale revenue from your event.
The project I am associated with, Mentors Guild, accepts seasoned experts from various domains as members. They can then interact 1-on-1 with business owners and high-potential younger professionals...in coaching or consulting roles. Helping them either learn a new skill, or overcome transition issues or maybe achieve longer term aspirations for their career or business.