Search /
Docfinder:
Advanced search  |  Help  |  Site map
RESEARCH CENTERS
SITE RESOURCES
Click for Layer 8! No, really, click NOW!
Networking for Small Business
TODAY'S NEWS
FCC defends new net neutrality proposal
New iPad rumor rollup for week ending April 23
Dell adds Big Switch to its SDN mix
Google Plus now minus chief Vic Gundotra
Heartbleed prompts joint vendor effort to boost OpenSSL, security
Microsoft Surface Mini seems likely to ship soon
China working on Linux replacement for Windows XP
FCC adds $9 billion to broadband subsidy fund
Raspberry Pi alternatives emerge to fill need for speed
It's now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away
Ex-FCC commissioner to head CTIA in latest Washington shuffle
Go time traveling with Google Maps
While Heartbleed distracts, hackers hit US universities
Survey respondents shun much-hyped mobile shopping technologies
7 Ways to Advance Your Project Management Career
How Apple's billion dollar sapphire bet will pay off
US to vote on sharp increase in broadband subsidies
iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending April 18
NSA spying revelations have tired out China's Huawei
Arista co-founder may have switch maker by its jewels
Open source pitfalls – and how to avoid them
AT&T's expanded 1 Gbps fiber rollout could go head to head with Google
Verizon: Web apps are the security punching bag of the Internet
/

Ready for retirement?

Related linksToday's breaking news
Send to a friendFeedback

Sign up to receive this and other networking newsletters in your inbox.

You may dream about retirement and spending carefree days on the golf course, but many retirees have trouble adjusting to life away from the workplace.

Michael Jordan is probably the most famous person to come out of retirement, though stories also abound of tech executives who cash out of one company set for life only to found another start-up a few years later. However, it's not just athletes and entrepreneurs who are returning to work. Many retirees return to a job because they don't know how else to spend their time, according to John Challenger, executive vice president of recruitment firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

"These individuals are in a lifestyle rut. Many are not especially enthusiastic about working but cannot seem to move ahead with their lives. They did not explore how they would spend their leisure time prior to retirement by testing different activities and options," Challenger says.

If you're planning to retire soon, Challenger recommends these actions:

* Test your retirement on a trial basis by taking an extended vacation.

*If you're thinking of relocating, consider this: Most retirees retire successfully by staying in the community in which they live - not moving. Rent a place and try it out before selling your original home.

*Post-retirement counseling is most helpful if you don't begin it until about three months after retirement. By that point, you'll probably be ready for a structured plan.

*Maintain opportunities for social interaction with like-minded people. "Becoming a member of a club or joining a group of community volunteers before leaving the job can give the retiree an immediate social connection and recognition as a valued individual," says Challenger.

RELATED LINKS

Failed retirement is an avoidable epidemic

Life in the leisure lane

The new meaning of retirement

Choosing the right recruiter
Network World, 01/14/02

Amy Schurr is an editor for Network World's Management Strategies and Features sections. If you have any career topics you'd like her to cover or want to comment on this newsletter, you can reach her at aschurr@nww.com.

Careers index
Past newsletters.


NWFusion offers more than 40 FREE technology-specific email newsletters in key network technology areas such as NSM, VPNs, Convergence, Security and more.
Click here to sign up!
New Event - WANs: Optimizing Your Network Now.
Hear from the experts about the innovations that are already starting to shake up the WAN world. Free Network World Technology Tour and Expo in Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York.
Attend FREE
Your FREE Network World subscription will also include breaking news and information on wireless, storage, infrastructure, carriers and SPs, enterprise applications, videoconferencing, plus product reviews, technology insiders, management surveys and technology updates - GET IT NOW.