The centuries old pattern of ‘going into retirement at a certain age’ is fading away - - - and it’s for a good reason. Doctors around the world are now saying that instead of heading into retirement, you are better off staying in work to keep physically and mentally active.
Instead of facing retirement without a plan, many are embarking on this new chapter of their lives by reinventing themselves. Searching for a new career path, starting a business, making your hobby profitable, these are challenges that ex-retirees are finding exciting and purposeful.
After retirement many succumb to loneliness, isolation and health deterioration. With all the recent studies we know that going into auto-pilot, drifting without purpose only gets you one place fast.
The AARP Bulletin recently searched out ordinary people who have done extraordinary things with their second careers. They discovered that 40 percent of people working at age 62 had changed careers since they turned 55. We found this article to align with many of the individuals who attend The American School of Protocol’s Etiquette Certification Training.
President and Founder of The American School of Protocol, Peggy Newfield says,
“Seventy percent of the trainees who attend our program are planning for their second career. They are utilizing their new found freedom after retirement as a way to not only keep themselves busy, but also an avenue to give back.”
According to Newfield,
“With over 800 certified graduates, I have found that careers can take off at any age. There is only one ingredient that has to be there: PASSION.”
During The American School of Protocol’s four day training program trainees learn how to set up an etiquette consulting and teaching business. Through hands-on tutorials, small sessions, and class discussion each graduate leaves feeling empowered and ready to set out on their new career path.
“ASP’s proven outline and ongoing support is the roadmap to success” says Martha Berge who graduated from the program in 2015.
After retiring Berge found herself bored and in need of stimulating work. “After working as a marketing executive for 35 years I was not ready to just lounge around. I needed a purpose. ”Berge is now using the skill set she learned during Etiquette Certification Training to reach out to her community. She is a keynote speaker once a month at rotary meetings and has a set evening every week where she answers etiquette questions at her local country club.
With 15 grandchildren Berge also makes it a point to personally teach her grandchildren.
“They find my sessions to be fun and truly look forward to it.” Berge says the experience and skill set that she gained during the 5-Day Certification training has empowered her. She now feels more connected to her family and community than ever before.
“My children and grandchildren call me to ask etiquette questions. I have been asked to attend a local high school job fair and speak to the students about interview skills and how to land the job. The opportunities seems endless.” Newfield, who founded The American School of Protocol in 1980 strongly believes that those heading into retirement need to plan for this new chapter of their lives.
“Keeping your mind busy improves your chances of staying healthier longer. It’s a fact. Instead of focusing on ‘retirement’ we need to start thinking about what to do next.” Newfield strongly states, "You are still here and have something to offer. Don’t sit around and waste your time lunching and shopping. Make yourself useful and do something you will be proud of."
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