Retiring: Now What?

For many, it’s hard to believe that the time to retire has finally arrived. Whether you’ve been dreaming of this moment, dreading this moment or the moment snuck up on you, one thing is certain: you need to figure out what comes next. Feeling a sense of loss is common as many people associate their work with their sense of identity. Often individuals will struggle to redefine themselves once they are retired, asking questions like “who am I,” “what’s my purpose,” and “what do I do now”?”

The simple truth is that post-retirement, the sky’s the limit! Retirement isn’t an end; it’s the beginning of a new chapter, entirely written by you. Consider working part-time, volunteering, starting a new business, or, going back to school, etc. Now is time to do what you’ve always wanted to do. You may seek some support and encouragement along the way, there are countless resources to support you in your next chapter of life, including the career counselors at JFCS. Ultimately this is a time of opportunity and hope for the future.


Andrea Brown, MRC, CRC is a member of the Career & Workforce Development division of JFCS. Her education and experience have focused mainly on supporting individuals with disabilities in identifying and achieving appropriate vocational goals. Through assessment, resume preparation, interview coaching, and workshop facilitation Andrea has assisted individuals to attain their dreams. The two underlying tenets that guide her work are the belief that all people have the right to work if they want to and that work should be interesting, inspiring and enjoyable.

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