The New Retirement Plan for 2024: More Retirees are Choosing to Work


Exploring the changing face of retirement has many positive benefits including the growing trend of retirees returning to work or never fully retiring.

Key Reasons for this Growing Trend

  1. Financial Security: The need for additional income due to inadequate pensions or savings.
  2. Health Benefits: Staying active and engaged can positively impact mental and physical health.
  3. Pursuing Passions: Many retirees see this time as an opportunity to do what they love, like starting a new business or engaging in hobbies that can also generate income.
  4. Social Interaction: Emphasize the importance of staying socially connected and how work can provide this interaction.
  5. Keeping Skills Sharp: Discuss how retirees want to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date, often contributing to their sense of self-worth.

Real-Life Examples

In Western North Carolina there are many retirees who have successfully transitioned back to work or pursued new careers and work in rewarding careers as:

  • Artists
  • Caregivers
  • Consultants
  • Freelance Writing / Editing
  • Gardening, Landscaping, Home Detailing
  • Rideshare Driver
  • Pet Sitters
  • Real Estate
  • Tutoring
  • Virtual Assistants, Working from Home

Retirees Returning to Work

The benefits not only apply to the individual, but benefits the community also including non-profits and organizations that provide stipend based income.  Volunteering for AARP Western Mountain area could be another possibility.

Rethink the traditional concept of retirement.  

Next Steps at NCWorks in WNC

Contact your local NCWorks Career Center today and tell them the EWI team sent you (Experienced Workers Initiative of Western North Carolina).

  • Buncombe / Asheville Area - NCWorks Career Center Asheville at 48 Grove Street Asheville, NC 28801. (828) 251-6200.
  • Madison County - NCWorks Career Center at 4646 US-25 #70, Marshall, NC 28753.  (828) 782-2632
  • Henderson County - NCWorks Career Center at Blue Ridge Community College.  180 W Campus Dr #169, Flat Rock, NC 28731.  (828) 694-1755
  • Transylvania County - NCWorks Career Center also at the Blue Ridge Community College,  45 Oak Park Dr, Brevard, NC 28712.  (828) 694-1755