I have never been interested in people’s ages. Until we started Next-Up. Now I am intrigued when someone says, ‘I am 57’ and I have to stop myself gasping – I had them at nearly 70; or the reverse of that, someone says they are late 60s and I thought they were a decade younger.
Six months ago, I was in my dream job at Prudential, a company I loved. Over nearly two decades, I had the privilege of working with hundreds of Financial Planners, helping them to grow and develop their own skills and their business models.
Recently I gave a talk to an audience comprising people 55 years and older who were thinking about retirement or who had actually made the step. The talk was about my personal retirement "transition" story and I pulled out three key areas which I hope will help others.
Last week we held the first Next-Up conference. ‘Blown away’ was a phrase I kept hearing through the day. We had more than 100 seasoned professionals as delegates – people who have left or are leaving corporate life and don’t want to ‘retire’ – mixed up with young tech entrepreneurs, charities, private equity firms, headhunters and an online magazine looking for writers.
Many of us are living longer. The time you spend in retirement could now be 30 years or more, depending on when you retire and how long you live. So it’s important to think about the retirement you want, and plan for it.
Silver Magazine is at the beating heart of the 50+ generation.Continuing their series on facing down retirement, they spoke to Victoria Tomlinson, founder of Next-Up, to delve deeper into how second-lifers are refusing to go quietly.
Earlier this month, one of our new members sent me a link to a great Radio 4 programme about alternative retirement planning, or rather, “unretirement”. She thought it was rather amusing – we had just been talking about how she has no plans to retire and wants help to achieve her next ambitions. And then on the radio driving home, a programme looks at all the issues we had been discussing!
When I decided to leave theFinancial Timesafter 20 years, an older friend asked: ‘So you’re retiring then?’ I was in my early 50s and the question shocked me. Retirement? Not likely. I was raring to go.