Sunday, August 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Zenployment: Pursuing new passions at work

gettysburgW

A job as a battlefield guide is great for a history buff. Creators.com photo

By Chelle Cordero
Creators.com

Traditionally, retirement is the time when the drudgery of the 9-to-5 routine ends, days are spent in relaxation, couples travel and grandparents watch their grandchildren play. Retirees now have the time to indulge in favorite hobbies and pastimes. Ideally, that is.

Plans sometimes change. Finances may necessitate an income to supplement a meager Social Security or pension plan. Boredom may inspire new pursuits. The term “zenployment” is used to describe a less-stressful employment that usually includes a change of career, allowing one to pursue passions. The new position may be part-time or full-time, seasonal or year-round, a chance to start a new business or working for someone else. Depending on financial needs, it can be paid or volunteer. Preferably the new position allows for indulgence in dreams and interests.

The now semi-retired should be able to enjoy a line of work that may have been delayed while supporting a household, raising a family, paying off a mortgage, paying student loans and more. To find job possibilities, the senior worker needs to examine their interests and desires, while being realistic about income and budgets.

A golf enthusiast might find pleasure by working in a pro shop at the local golf course, a former drama student may choose to act in community theatre productions, a book lover may want to work at a library or bookstore, or he may even devote his newfound free time to finally write that novel of which he always dreamed. Some retirees may have wanted to continue in the fields they mastered through the years and had to leave because of mandatory retirement. They can put their talents to work as freelance consultants and choose when they want to work. Some jobs are seasonal and allow for flexibility in vacation time.

Other fun jobs for seniors to engage in include party and wedding planners, museum docents, self-employed travel agents, interior decorators, tour guides, pet sitters or dog walkers, artist-in-residence teachers, gardeners, bartenders and retail positions in favored hobby shops. Teaching (both paid and volunteer positions) adult classes will help to fulfill the need of the newly retired to be around people, and students will benefit from the now-valued retiree. Volunteer mentors are always sought in agencies like SCORE where years of experience in the business world will help others to build businesses.

Imagine traveling the world for free, or even exploring the hometown sights, as a tour guide. Contact tour companies, local parks, tourist sites, cruise lines or even the local chamber of commerce or recreation department for possibilities. Being a docent at a museum can be a lot of fun for a history or art buff who would like to teach about her passion; many docent opportunities are volunteer. A pet lover could choose to walk dogs or pet sit for pay, or volunteer at a local animal shelter or zoo. Social butterflies can share their years of experience at organization and entertaining by starting their own business planning parties, weddings and other social events, or open their own catering business.

Finding work with a small-press publishing house can be a dream come true for an avid reader. Kimberlee Williams, managing editor of Vanilla Heart Publishing, says she enjoys the “life experience and work ethics of the baby boomer generation. There’s a personal pride when a job is well done.” In the past, she’s employed them (in both paid and intern positions depending on the workload) as content checkers, beta-readers, file clerks and to run errands. Readers and writers might also like to work in retail bookshops or libraries, read story time to children in nursery schools or help teach adult literacy courses.

The golden years of retirement should allow seniors to have fun at work, helping them look forward to each new day and the experiences it brings.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Davis audience hears from civil-rights hero

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Bob Dunning: This new kid might have a future

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Five U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Rotary clubs offer Davis High students some life lessons

    By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Robbery, pursuit in Central Davis lead to one arrest

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

    Dinner will raise funds to help farmers in Burkina Faso

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Beamer Park featured at Stroll Through History

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Yolo Federal to hold photo contest

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Katehi will speak at Chamber’s community luncheon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Bean Feed supports for Yolo Democrats’ activities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Bauer garden marks one year

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Tuleyome Tales: Be safe on wilderness trails

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Small wineries suffer big losses in quake

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Grande site has been a convoluted saga

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

     
    Say goodbye to summer with a ‘Final Blast’ at Explorit

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Bay Bridge project’s rainy-day money is nearly gone

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A15 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    Already made herself at home

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Keep our green waste piles

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    How to make a good living

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Nate Beeler cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    Changing local election dates benefits Democrats

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A10

     
    Ad-free email? You can still find it at Davis Community Network

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    City panel working to tighten scrutiny of taxpayer dollars

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    Try round-robin storytelling at crafts fair

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Health problems mean he’s checked out

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A14

    Marriage doesn’t mean we agree on everything

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A14

     
    This epidemic should scare us

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

    .

    Sports

    New coach, new tougher league for DHS football

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Coach likes what she sees from Devil field hockey squad

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD notebook: Coaches positive about FCS schools ‘playing up’

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils open with an impressive volleyball victory

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Stanford scores early, often in opener versus UCD

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Aggie harriers secure season-opening sweep

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Baseball roundup: Cats win late to pull even with Aces

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Comings and Goings: Is fro-yo craze melting?

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A13 | Gallery

     
    Sutter Davis Hospital honored again as a ‘best place to work’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13

    Community pools its purchasing power to reduce the cost of solar

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

     
    Engage3 attracts investment for shopping app

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A20

    California growers can use MBI’s new bioinsecticide

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

     
    Sudwerk, Davis Food Co-op join for ‘co-hop-eration’ brew

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20 | Gallery

    .

    Obituaries

    Wanda P. Daley

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, August 31, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8