A recent YouGov survey, carried out as part of a partnership between the Centre for Ageing Better and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation showed one in 5 adults who retired in the past 5 years have found it to be a difficult transition.   The issues people were concerned about included money, feeling bored, missing social interactions at work, losing purpose and being lonely.

Yet despite these fairly fundamental concerns, the survey showed that most retirees had done little to plan for this major life change, with over half revealing they didn’t seek any prior help or guidance.

The concept of retirement is undoubtedly changing, and is very different to that experienced by previous generations. For many it is no longer the gold watch at 60 or 65, followed by a gentle retreat into your twilight years accompanied by a mug of cocoa and slippers by the fire. Even though they have reached the conventional age of retirement, many will be compelled to carry on working through necessity, many because they want to.

But it is not just work. In my experience, there are a good number who choose to ‘retire’ from their first career early and therefore are younger and not ready to give up on fulltime work. They want to do something meaningful, but are not sure how to go about it, how best to utilise the skills and experience they have built up in their professional life.

In all cases, work isn’t the only consideration. You may well have things you want to achieve, a bucket list of activities you want to enjoy, and have the energy and curiosity about the world to do them.  Travel, volunteering, charity work, studying, learning new skills – the list is endless. But planning these activities can seem daunting and it difficult to know where to start, especially if up until now you have been wholly focussed on your professional life and therefore haven’t given much serious thought to any of this.

Then there are the intangible issues – are you ready mentally? How do you look back on your career? How will you approach the lack of structure? The absence of work colleagues and clients? The mental stimulation you have enjoyed at work? The status that your position has provided?

If any of the above resonates with you, you might find my FutureLife retirement coaching programme an ideal way to help you plan for this new and exciting phase of your life.

Through a series of structured sessions, we will tackle the issues that are important to you, and I will work with you to create a tailored plan to enable you to enjoy a happy and productive retirement.  I will help you formulate a road map for the coming months and years ahead that you can use as your guide and reference point.  The sessions will also provide you with the opportunity to work through any fears or anxieties you might have as you approach this milestone.

This can be a time of mixed emotions – retrospection, pride, anxiety, joy, apprehension, excitement, trepidation. Channelling these so that you approach retirement with a positive attitude and a plan that will work for you are crucial to achieving a successful retirement and the FutureLife programme with work with you to achieve this.

If you would like to have an informal discussion as to how my Coaching programme might help you or members of your team plan ahead, please contact me, Liz Watt :


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