- After you give back your keys and walk out of your office for the last time, don’t rush into anything. What you think you may want to do next may not be what you really want to do.
- Think about what you are good at and what you enjoy doing (usually it’s the same thing).
- Look at your network and spread the word about what you’re interested in – your contacts also have contacts. Make use of LinkedIn.
- Take courses to upgrade your skills, and learn new things that will allow you to reinforce and leverage your interests and strengths. You may even make valuable contacts in the process. Again, in Singapore we have myriad choices for courses — many heavy subsidised for silvers. Check out https://www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg
- You will probably be working with people who are much younger than you. This can be challenging not only because they can be on a totally different wavelength mentally and emotionally, but because they may not know exactly how to deal with you. Sometimes you will be older than their parents, which causes some awkwardness. Be prepared.
- Retirement can be a meandering road with dead-ends and stop signs along the way. Figuring out what you want to do — and can do — may take time. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but if something doesn’t meet your criteria — be it part-time work, projects, or whatever — try something else.
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