Jobs for Retired Teachers

Are you a retired teacher looking for work? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll look at some of the best jobs for retired teachers to give you a better idea of what’s out there.

If you’ve made a career out of teaching, the chances are you’re a teacher at heart. And it’s hard to leave that behind, even after retirement. Therefore, it can help to focus your job search around similar areas of work. After all, you’ve spent your career building valuable skills and experience around education and learning. These skills can be put to good use in a variety of roles.

For many retired teachers, a part-time job, an online job or any other form of low-stress job is a great option. This will allow you to spend the majority of your time enjoying retirement, with only a small amount of time dedicated to working. Don’t forget, a healthy work/life balance at this stage of your life is important.


Retired Teacher Jobs

Below you’ll find some of the best jobs for teachers who are retired.



Depending on the type of teaching you did during your career, you may already have some experience in childcare. If not, don’t worry. As long as you’re good with children and are available to work more flexible hours, childcare could still be a great option. With part-time nursery costs over £7,200 per year, many parents are in need of a cheaper alternative. You could mind the child or children in your home or theirs, and working hours would vary depending on the parents’ work timetable. Common tasks would include cooking meals, helping with homework, and generally keeping them occupied until their parents pick them up.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to do this type of childcare, but you’re usually required to have a clean Ofsted DBS certificate and a full UK driving licence.



As a teacher, you’ll have become quite the expert at marking homework and exams. Your attention to detail will be far better than most. Not to mention your excellent spelling and grammar skills. All of this will make you a fantastic proofreader. You’ll receive a variety of document types to check for typos and grammatical errors, fact-check, and edit as per company style guides.

Proofreading is usually project-based and can be done online and with flexible hours.


Personal Tutor

If you don’t want to leave your teaching life behind just yet, why not consider a job as a personal tutor? You can choose what you would like to teach and what hours you’d like to work. Perhaps you have some other skills you’d like to share with learners that weren’t part of the syllabus in your previous job? Whatever your area of expertise may be, there will be someone who needs a tutor.

Tutoring is also extremely beneficial to the tutor as you’ll be refreshing your knowledge and continuously learning new things. This, in turn, will keep cognitive function from ageing and help you to stay mentally active after retirement.


Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is an excellent option for retired teachers looking for work. The majority of this work is done online which gives you a huge amount of flexibility and autonomy. You’re given a topic to write about, a word count, and a deadline. Once you meet the given deadline, the writing can be done whenever and wherever suits you.

As jobs for retired teachers go, this has to be one of the best. The job involves researching a wide variety of topics so you’ll constantly be learning and keeping your mind active.



Transcribing is another great online option for retired teachers looking for work. During your years of teaching, you most likely gained strong typing skills.  If you’re at the level of 80 to 100 words per minute, a job as a transcriber could be the right choice for you. You’ll be tasked with listening to audio files and putting them in written form.

Use your excellent language and writing skills to excel at the job. Keep in mind, though, it might take some time to master.


Finding Jobs for Retired Teachers

Be sure to visit Refreshing a Career’s retired teacher’s jobs board for all the latest opportunities in your area. We’ve got lots of help and advice for anyone looking to make a career change or simply start a new chapter after retirement.

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