That’s the title of an article published today in The Yorkshire Evening Post about my work with teachers and others retiring from their main career.
It makes some great links with the current and proposed changes in pensions, which affect so many teachers and others in public service. The threat of less money to retire on has created ripples of anxiety in many people I’m working with. Especially when added to the three year pay freeze for public sector staff. I know that it’s created a feeling for many that they have been betrayed.
Here’s an extract:
“Retirement is something we can all look forward to but how many of us have actually put serious thought into what we will do once we no longer have to get up with an alarm clock and spend the bulk of our day at work?
Tilla Brook is a life coach who specialises in helping people adjust to life after work. She says the problem of people not being able to come to terms with their newfound freedom is more common than you might think and moreover, it affects those in professions like teaching more.
For people whose jobs are all-consuming or carry great responsibility to suddenly be deprived of what has been their life for decades can be a stultifying experience.
Added to this is the fact that retirement isn’t what it used to be – as people live longer, companies around the world have been forced to re-evaluate their pension commitments, in many cases this has meant closing lucrative final salary schemes in favour of ones which are more closely linked to the stock market.”