Myth of The Retirement Years
I follow John Tarnoff’s blog on Huffington Post. As a Career Reinvention Consultant for the Boomer generation, he offers insightful essays on just about every aspect of the employment and work world as it relates to those of us over 50. I just ran across his article from March 24, 2015 – Passion Without A Paycheck Is No Retirement At All – and wanted to share it here. While it makes several very good points, the last paragraph is what caught my attention this time:
Rather than creating an unrealistic picture of retirement for its audience, media news outlets like CBS should be reporting on the reality of retirement, and advising workers how to start encore careers, learn new skills, build confidence and stay relevant so that they can survive, and hopefully thrive, in this next stage of life.
As anyone who has been following my blog has probably guessed, I teach what I need to learn. As an image consultant and career reinvention specialist, I help others facing various personal and career transitions. However, I am my most loyal client! I am constantly pursuing a deeper understanding of how to present myself more effectively, how to stay relevant in the world of work, and how to become a more viable competitor in my various fields. It is an ongoing challenge. I agree with John Tarnoff that there should be a great deal more visibility around the less-than-perfect retirement years many of us are experiencing. Those of us who cannot choose to retire and enjoy “the good life” in our later years deserve to have some darn good support out there for the times when staying on top of our career game can feel quite daunting.
But that’s my take on it…what’s yours? Are you retired? Would you work even if you could retire and didn’t have to work? Would you create an opportunity to do something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Are you cursing the fact that you still have to work? Are you working but worried that you’ll be aged out?
What’s your situation?