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Planning for retirement

Retirement certainly isn't what it used to be in our parents' time! We're fitter and healthier after 60 than we've ever been before, and we want to make the most of it. Planning for retirement can actually be a pretty confusing time these days.

  • Do I want to work part-time?
  • Do I want to do some volunteer work?
  • Do I want to travel and have flexibility?
  • Do I want to keep learning and find ways to apply that learning?
  • How much time do I want to spend with friends?
  • How much time do I want to spend supporting and enjoying my family?
  • Do I want to put some focus on my health and well-being?

The funny thing about retirement is that it's a complete misnomer in the 21st century for what happens when we stop full-time paid work. The dictionary also defines "retire" as "to go away into seclusion", "to go to bed", or "to pull back troops in battle". It might be time we came up with a new word, because a lot of people are keen to do exactly the opposite of what the dictionary thinks we're doing!


At Purpose. Career planning and support we are passionate about helping people come to grips with this new phase in their lives, to help you rediscover what makes your heart sing, and to work out how to manage the new lifestyle ahead of you.

Issues you might be facing:

Demands and expectations:
There's a misconception that once you're retired you have time to do lots of things, and people put all sorts of demands on us. Sometimes you feel there is no time left for you, and you can't quite believe you're retired and still don't get to do some of the things you wanted.

I'm not ready!
Many people also find that when they retire from full-time work, they were so busy in their work that they didn't get a chance to work out what to do when that role ends. This can actually be a really difficult time for many, particularly men, who have often not had opportunities through their working lives to focus on themselves.

Health issues
You might also have some health issues that mean you can't do some things in quite the way you would have liked, or some aspects of your life have become a bit limited.


Family and friends can be great to bounce ideas off and discuss things with, but nothing can beat working with someone independent who's trained to listen, can help you work through issues and ideas objectively, and without judgment - and focussing just on YOU.

Planning for retirement should be fun - let us help you make the most of it! In Auckland call or text Jennie on 027 2959 770 or in Taranaki, Michelle on 027 6409 354. Or email us on info@purposecareers.co.nz