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You’ve Got Skills You Can Use in Retirement

Some people aspire to retire at 60, 62 or 66, reducing the amount of their Social Security payment by 20 percent. Others are in it for the long haul, planning to work to 70 and beyond.

Indeed, 1 in 5 older adults plan to work after 66. Where will they work?

Happy senior couple at home

Some companies have mandatory retirement at 70 — or earlier. Others may make exceptions for highly skilled employees.

As you consider retirement, review ways you can be of added value in the workplace:

  1. Check with your current employer to see if there are possibilities for consulting. The employer will save on taxes and benefits, and you will have the opportunity to remain connected with an organization that you know.
  2. Apply for available jobs. You are never “too old,” and age discrimination is against the law. You may think it’s unlikely to get a new job, but there are possibilities.
  3. Find a nonprofit with a need and volunteer a couple of days a week. Your volunteer work could turn into full-time employment.


This is the third in a series of six guest blogs by economist, author and commentator Julianne Malveaux.

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