After Retirement: What Are Your Options?
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you retired early? Or thought about whether or not you would pick up a small, part-time gig after retirement? Well, if you are undecided (and not already committed to traveling around the world), maybe becoming a trainer is an option for you. Think about it: You have worked —or probably will have by the time you retire—as an IT professional for more than 20 years, you possess a lot of hands-on experience, and you can offer great insight into the industry.
Not only is training or teaching an excellent way to earn some extra cash and stay current in technology, but it’s also a way to grow the future talent pools of IT as well. Training is a great opportunity to teach newbies the ins-and-outs of the IT world. After 20 years in IT, you have likely witnessed vast changes in technology, the difficulties of the IT job market and more.
Although training or teaching is not for everyone—meaning you have to be outgoing, be an excellent public speaker, be up-to-date on the course work and more—it can be a great way to spend some of your golden years.
Whether you train after retirement or you choose to pick up a part-time job as a Wal-Mart greeter (just kidding), don’t forget about taking some time for yourself. Because with 20-plus years under your belt, you certainly understand that working in IT is definitely not stress-free.