Nearly a year after leaving the Daily Show to much fanfare and think pieces about the state of political satire, Jon Stewart joined his old friend Stephen Colbert on the set of The Late Show this week. It wasn’t Stewart’s first return to television, but it may have been his most passionate.
For more than 13 minutes, the scruffy and gray t-shirt clad retiree reveled in the downfall of former nemesis Roger Ailes, who stepped down as CEO of Fox News on Thursday. Stewart took dead aim at some of the hypocritical positions avowed by Fox News’s Sean Hannity, who’s as vocal in his support of Donald Trump candidacy as he is dismissive of President Obama’s two terms in office.
“You feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners,” Stewart said. “There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it.”
Stewart’s return to late-night oration is sure to attract many eyeballs, and probably more think pieces. But it can also serve as a guide to those close to, or currently in, retirement.
Many people struggle to make the transition from full-time work to a life comprising golfing and gardening and other hobbies. If you think you’ll bore easily without a paycheck, or you’d like the extra income, try to keep a toe or two in the workforce.
One option is to transition to part-time. Two in three workers over 50, in a recent Merrill Lynch study, say part-time work is a component of an ideal retirement. To do this successfully, it’s often easiest to start with your current employer.
“Talk to your organization about downshifting to part-time or contract work,” Jill Schlesinger wrote on MONEY. “Your boss may be relieved to have a seasoned pro on the team, especially one who no longer needs benefits.”
The Late Show must love that it can benefit from the appearance of Stewart, a seasoned pro if ever there was one, and Colbert’s personal mentor.
While working with your old colleagues is the obvious choice after you retire, it’s hardly the only option. If you want to move to something else, or jump into the market after an absence, check in with your network, especially on Linkedin.
While Stephen Colbert may not be a connection of yours, it’s at least a start.