If you are one of the many Empty Nesters who are thinking of getting back into work, whether paid or voluntary, take a deep breath! It’s okay to feel nervous.
Women work for various reasons – primarily out of financial necessity, and to a much lesser extent out of choice. Many women in their 40’s and 50’s have made huge sacrifices, and have probably given up full blown careers to be homemakers and raise children, and either not worked since or have fitted in part time work around family needs. Nowadays divorce often makes returning to work a financial necessity, whilst widowhood too can trigger a desire to work, sometimes for companionship as much as financial reasons.
Then there are those of us who simply don’t relish the prospect of a 20 or 30 year sabbatical in their mid fifties. In the past society has always thought of life in three stages – up to young adult, then working and/or child rearing years, followed by retirement/old age. Well maybe now that old age barrier has shifted sufficiently to allow a new phase in our lives – active late adulthood. And if it shoves old age further away it’s got to be a good thing!
Perhaps you see an empty nest as a chance to start something new? Like a home business! In which case do read this really helpful article by Cassie Hicks, who runs Women’s Way To Wealth , a community of savvy women running their own businesses from home. Click here for the link.
The other factor necessitating a return to work can be pensions – pension pots are often worth a lot less nowadays, and many people approaching retirement are looking to do some work to supplement their income, albeit less physically and mentally demanding than their career to date. So a lateral shift into more support and advisory positions, and some degree of downsizing, is becoming more common in our 50’s and 60’s.
But if you don’t need to work, and have no desire to, that’s a great option too. And if you need ammunition to fire against those who mutter about working mothers versus stay-at home mothers, and who now expect you to fill your newly found freedom with good works then just tell them that you have worked extremely hard employing your skills as a home maker for over 18 years, and you are about to enjoy your retirement. Go to the leisure section and enjoy!