What do you envision for the next stage of your life? Will it be a time of leisure that includes some volunteer work or lifelong learning classes? Or an opportunity to pursue a second career?
Retirement is a relatively recent phenomenon, with the first company plans coming into existence in the immediate post-World War II period. Just as they redefined work to make it more meaningful, boomers will redefine the concept of retirement to reflect their unique identities.
If you are considering working into retirement, you are not alone. A 2002 AARP study of boomers revealed that more than 70 percent expressed an interest in working into their 70s or later. Nutter shares this vision. She views her upcoming retirement from college teaching as an opportunity to concentrate on her work as an oral historian. She also anticipates the possibility of doing voiceovers from the convenience of a home studio she’d like to build in her condo.
“That’s something I could do as long as my voice holds out,” she says. “So I’m thinking in those terms.”
Indeed, working past age 65 will help preserve and grow your nest egg, says David Vande Poele, wealth management adviser and member of AARP Speaker’s Bureau. AARP’s Work Information Network has the latest job search tips for the 50-plus worker. Investigate the possibilities at www.aarpworksearch.org.