A Guide to Take the Weirdness Out of Retirement
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A Guide to Take the Weirdness Out of Retirement

Use the "Best of Work" to Create the "Best of Retirement"
4.9 (4 ratings)
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Last updated 4/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Develop a greater understanding of how to prepare for the social/psychological side of retirement; a topic that is not easily addressed by a financial equation.
  • Gain understanding of retirement through real-life exercises that personalize your retirement lifestyle.
  • Make a more informed decision about when is the "right" time to retire.
  • Take the "weirdness" out of retirement by knowing how to bring the "best of work" to the "best of retirement."
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  • Students do not need any prior experience or special skills before starting this course. The only requirement is a desire to create a meaningful and rewarding retirement, and to show up with an "explorer" mindset.

The goal for this course is to take the "weirdness" out of retirement. I've never heard anyone say, "Working is weird." So if working isn't weird, then how can we take the best of work and bring it into the best of retirement? 

This course explores what you will need in retirement that will create a sense of meaning and purpose at a time when you're no longer defined by your work title. So much of the weirdness of retirement comes from losing our sense of direction. We'll explore how to create a "new normal" by embracing new roles, being involved in work that is greater than ourselves, and recreating conditions that contributed to our happiness at work.

If you're not interested in every day feeling like Saturday and Sunday, then you are going to love learning about new organizing concepts that are much bigger than a life of leisure. If you're not ready to give up work completely, you will be glad to learn how to regain the psychological benefits of work. And if you're worried that you don't have something that you are passionate about doing in retirement, in this course you only need to be curious and have an explorer mindset.

If you are worried about the decision to retire, you will find support that will help you feel prepared to step into retirement. This is especially important if you are in a work environment where it is not "safe" to talk about retirement. This major life decision and transition is too complex to go it alone. In this course you will find the support you need without having to "show your cards" at work. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Target audience is anyone who is thinking about retirement or has already retired, and wants each year of retirement to be more than a 365-day vacation. This primarily includes Baby Boomers between the ages of 50-75.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
First Things First
3 Lectures 08:29

Two Disclosures

Two Prerequisites
Making the Decision to Retire
4 Lectures 18:42
Decision to Retire

Exercise: Five-Part Retirement Decision

Phased or Full Retirement

Work Identity and Benefits
10 Lectures 29:17
Cocktail Party Question

Work Identity

Exercise: Measure Your Work Role Attachment

Built-In Benefits

Exercise: Five Benefits You Value Most

Life Essentials

Exercise: List Your Life Essentials

Retirement Cocktail

Structure is Freedom

Discover What's Missing
Moving Through the Transition
5 Lectures 28:56
In the Middle

COMPASS for Direction

Going to...Part I

Going to...Part II

Exercise: What Do You Want to Make Yourself Available To?
Organizing Concepts for Retirement
5 Lectures 20:55

Retirement Sabbatical

Exercise: Design Your Sabbatical

Balancing Happiness

One-Year Project
Engaging Our Gifts in Retirement
5 Lectures 18:39
Working in Retirement

Exercise: What Would You Like to Do, Even If You Are Just Pretending?

Volunteering on Purpose

Exercise: Create Your Volunteer Purpose Statement
Making Retirement Less Weird
8 Lectures 23:34
Redefine Time

Exercise: Invest Your Time

Relocating in Retirement

Exercise: Life Planning

Happily Ever After

Think Like an Artist

Final Transitions

Closing Comments
About the Instructor
Dr. Patrice Jenkins
4.9 Average rating
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13 Students
1 Course
Professional Retirement Consultant, Speaker, Author

Patrice Jenkins, Ph.D. is a consultant and frequent speaker on topics related to career and retirement transitions. Patrice holds a masters degree in counseling and a doctorate degree in industrial and organizational psychology. She is the author of “What Will I Do All Day? Wisdom to get you Over Retirement and on with Living!

Dr. Jenkins' expertise is in the social-psychological side of retirement—a subject that can’t easily be addressed with a financial strategy or equation. As an organizational psychologist, Jenkins applies her research on thriving at work, retirement research, and happiness studies to help individuals prepare for retirement and design rewarding retirement lifestyles. 

Dr. Jenkins offers organizational consulting to design programs that support employees into their retirement years.