|By Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
He spent 26 years in the
"I was flying jets," Dierlam said. "At the same time, this financial stuff was my hobby. So I moved into my hobby as a second career. I just love building plans."
He's spent another 26 years doing that and is now the district advisor for
They're part of a trend that's gaining steam as Baby Boomers reach retirement age. Many are returning to the workforce, often in new career paths.
A series of studies by
One SIOP study by
"Boomers, and I'm one of them, have reinvented a lot of things over the years," said
"They're seeing it as an opportunity to pursue their passions. That may be starting a business, or it may be pursuing a different kind of work."
Many others become entrepreneurs, starting their own companies or exploring new fields.
"We're seeing that from a lot of customers," Crossett said. "They retire and it's kind of like, 'What's next?' We do see a lot of that in
Harding said even those who don't want a new career track after retirement often want to stay engaged with the community in some other way. That could mean consulting work, volunteer work and more. The point, she said, is to continue to use a lifetime of skills and knowledge.
"I've met some people in
"For a lot of people, the idea of playing golf isn't all that appealing."
Vets in the workforce
» 250,000 veterans transition to civilian life each year
» They're 45 percent more likely to become entrepreneurs
» Veterans own 10 percent of all businesses
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