— This guest post was written by Julie —
For many seniors, retirement is the time for relaxation, spending time with the grandkids, and maybe indulging in a favorite hobby.
But for others, it can be a great time to try something they’ve always wanted to try, learn something new, or even enter into a different kind of workforce.
It’s never been easier to learn a new skill or trade thanks to the boom of online learning tools being made available to the public.
Some of these websites offer free instruction on how to learn to play guitar, how to take great photos, or how to make art.
Others charge a relatively small fee for courses on becoming a real estate agent–there is even one aimed specifically at seniors–or for adult education classes.
There has never been a better time for seniors to make the most of their post-retirement years! Read on to find out more.
Learn a new language
With online courses like Duolingo, you can learn a new language in no time, from Japanese to Spanish.
The site also offers a mobile app, so you can learn on your phone no matter where you are.
Becoming bilingual is often a goal aimed at finding a job, but many people do it just to broaden their horizons a bit.
Learn to plan an instrument
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to tickle the ivories, now is the time.
Thanks to all of the online tutorials and music lessons available, it’s never been easier to learn to play music.
The internet also makes it simple to buy your instrument–just be sure to consult an online buying guide, whether your penchant lies with tubas, cellos, flutes, guitars, ukulele or any instrument in between.
Learning to play an instrument also provides a new channel for socialization; consider playing in a church group or at your senior/community center with others, or simply play a tune for your kids and grandchildren.
Pick up a new hobby
There’s really no limit to the things you can teach yourself with the help of online courses, and that includes learning a new hobby.
Painting, photography, and knitting are all great pastimes that can be done alone or with friends, and you can find all kinds of tutorials that show you step-by-step instructions on how to complete a project.
Check out YouTube, or you can head to the website of your local library to see if they offer programs and resources for learning.
Learn how to repair anything
Knowing how to be handy around the house is something every adult should learn; not only will it help you build self-confidence, it could also save you money when something breaks down.
Some fixes are easier than others, but even seemingly-complicated repairs–such as installing a new doorbell or fixing the garbage disposal–can be done by anyone with the willingness to learn.
Keep safety in mind at all times, and remember to leave the big jobs–such as electrical and plumbing–to the pros. For tips on how to find home repair tutorials, read on here.
Learn new computer skills
At Seniornet.org, you can learn new skills on the computer or expand upon your existing knowledge.
With technology growing and changing every day, it’s important to stay informed about the best and easiest ways to use the internet and communication resources.
Aside from personal use, these skills would be very valuable assets should you decide to enter into the workforce again.
Train to work in real estate
Real estate is one of the fastest-growing fields for seniors, in part because it offers great pay, flexible hours, and the opportunity to stay social and active.
The key to becoming a real estate agent is to do some research ahead of time;
find out what the laws are in your state since the amount of training hours required differs around the country, and how much it will cost to obtain your license.
While you’ll need to take courses from an accredited school, you can get started online.
Learning a new skill online may seem overwhelming if you don’t have much experience,
but it can be a huge asset, especially if you’re looking to move into a new professional field. Garner support from friends and family, and take the plunge!