Making the transition from work to retirement

Updated: Mar 17

The transition from work to retirement is a journey that many Singaporeans will go through. While it is important to think about when you are going to retire, it is equally as important to think about what you are going to retire towards. Retirement should be seen as a next phase in your life, rather than a destination itself. Here are some tips to help prepare you in this transition.

Retirement is a new chapter in life. It is time for you to explore your passions and interests. There is no one size fits all approach to retirement. In order to envision what type of life you wish to have in retirement, you will have to engage in some deep reflection.

This is a time for you to understand yourself, including your personality type and behaviour styles. Someone who is more task-oriented and enjoys socialising will have a completely different retirement life from someone who is relationship-oriented and more introverted. Understanding yourself, is the first step to discovering your retirement.

If you face difficulties coming up with what you wish to do in retirement, you can start by charting your life journey to discover your preferences. Creating a chart of the highs and lows in your life can reveal much about your interest and give you a direction forward.

In retirement, you may be spending more time at home with your family that you never had before. You may also have more opportunities to interact with other people and build relationships. This is an opportunity for you to reassess the ways you communicate with other people.

This includes developing self-awareness of how you communicate as well as understanding the ways in which other people use to communicate with you. You might find yourself engaging with people in a way that you would like to be engaged. However, individuals have preferences on the way in which they like to be approached. Understanding this enhances your communication.

Transition into a different stage of life involves necessary losses and changes. One of these losses you face in retirement is the loss of your work role. Your role as a worker contributes to your self-image. A loss of this work role can contribute to negative feelings.

Understanding the way you cope with loss can help you process your feelings faster and adapt yourself to the transition.

The transition from work to retirement is a constant work in progress. If you would like more help in your retirement adjustment and how you can build on your journey in life, sign up for the 3-day Lifework course at Centre for Seniors. The Lifework course is a course that aims to provide you with the intellectual and emotional capacity to manage and cope with changes through midlife and beyond. Cost fees are $114 after subsidies. Click to find our more.

This post is sponsored by Centre for Seniors.