It is rather common to find older people having an active work life in India, more so in the rural and unorganized sectors. In the urban side, most people who retire from a government or private jobs are rather healthy and active and would like to keep themselves busy. There is, of course, the possibility that there is a need for a regular income as well, considering the fact that we don’t have social security systems like western countries. Or, it could be the desire to give back to society in some way or the other. Whatever the trigger, job options for senior citizens are opening up well in India.
Many organizations realize that the senior citizens come with a wealth of knowledge and experience and are willing to take them on as consultants. In fact, the reality and the need of this market have driven the job search sector to have exclusive job sites for seniors and conduct job fairs for them. The jobs are available across industry sectors in various MNCs, SMEs, start-ups, NGOs, etc. Even regular job portals like Naukri or Monster has senior citizen jobs advertised. Of course, Samarth too brings you opportunities in Silver Jobs regularly.
Here are a few suggestions to check out.
This is the best option for someone who has worked in a specific industry or sector for many years. There are many companies out there that are willing to pay for consultants on hourly, part-time or even full-time basis for advice and inputs. The consultancy can be to provide suggestions for process improvement, revenue generation, expansion possibilities, improved operational efficiencies, driving sales and marketing campaigns etc.
Being insurance advisors is one of the easiest and the most common option that many retired people take up. There are many successful insurance advisors who earn quite handsomely. LIC India has provided such opportunities for a long time and many other insurance companies have now caught on and opened up this arena for senior citizens.
Being an administrator is another job option that is extremely viable and interesting for senior citizens. Since they come with a great amount of experience to back them, many organizations, educational institutions, hospitals, factories, usually prefer to hire these people in administrative roles to oversee the smooth functioning of the various divisions in organizations. Especially, ex-servicemen, are sought after in such roles. Many organizations employ these people with a defence background in security-related roles as it seems apt and works both ways.
This is a noble profession which is always on the lookout for the right people. Many educational institutions offer part-time or visiting faculty options for various subjects. You may choose to find out such options based on your educational background as well as your experience. Schools, management colleges, private tutoring institutes that train people on various vocational skills to make them employable, NGOs, etc. offer many attractive options in this. This gives you the satisfaction of giving something back to society and also keeps you feeling young and active.
The advent of the Internet and related technologies like mobiles and apps has turned the whole world into a small community. You can explore various options for starting something of your own if you have the right finances and the inclination towards it. You can give wings to your desires or hobbies by choosing to do something with it. Options for blogging, YouTube videos, e-commerce related business opportunities etc. abound today. You may choose to explore any of these if you still feel up to a few challenges and adventures.