Prepare now – three things to do.
We exert much effort and discipline in ensuring we are financially secure in Retiremeant™. But, many neglect that aspect of planning for Retiremeant™ that is almost as important – what we will do that gives us the same sense of significance as that of our careers?
Whatever this work looks like (full-time, part-time, consulting, mentoring, in a new industry, volunteering at a public benefit organisation), there are ways to prepare ourselves for a new or renewed career. We may believe our current employers will retain us part-time, but there is no guarantee, so it is important to keep ourselves employable in a competitive market place, or be equipped to create our own venture. Remember, you don’t have to be working for remuneration.
Here are three things to do now to keep yourself sharp, or to prepare yourself for your own ‘work’:
1. Stay Healthy
It sounds obvious, but if you are not healthy, it is likely you will be challenged to perform well or enjoy your work to the fullest extent.
Besides keeping your skills up-to-date, research what expertise is in demand. Put yourself on LinkedIn and check the job profiles. Some people find new avenues of interest through further study, hobbies and interest groups – and these can translate into work and useful networking. Explore online opportunities to study.
- Change your mind
Don’t assume that work in Retiremeant™ will or must look like your career. Be adaptable. Instead of managing, could you mentor? Instead of being paid could you volunteer? Instead of being an entrepreneur could you be part of a collaboration? It’s essential to have a plan, but life is unpredictable, so it’s important to have a Plan B and Plan C.
Don’t miss the benefit of simply chatting with others. There is so much to learn and share.