Facing retirement

Understand common retirement challenges

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Facing retirement

Facing retirement is hard for many people. Share the journey with others grappling with similar challenges and questions.

We understand that times have changed and so have our expectations for this next phase of life.  Many people want to shape their retirement years differently, yet find themselves in unchartered territory.  We offer support and guidance to help you determine what is right for you.

In Session 1: Facing Retirement we will help you figure out where you are now before you start to consider where you want to go next.  You will gain clarity around the specific challenges you are facing, as well as identify the opportunities that also lie ahead.  In a community of like-minded people, you can get a better sense of how you want to approach this next stage of life.

You will ask yourself two key questions: what am I facing? and what are my challenges and opportunities?.


You will explore how…

    We are living in the age of longevity. Whilst you may have decades of decent health ahead of you, few people thrive on 30 years of pure leisure. Decide on the balance you want to strike during this next phase.


    You are not alone. In a society, that values productivity and achievement, many people find it hard to be confronted with the prospect of not working. However, there is also opportunity in this challenge.  Take this time to reflect on who you are, and who you want to be, beyond your professional identity.


    There is no one way to retire or unretire.  Whether or not you decide to remain professionally engaged, what is the mindset that you adopt around this next phase of your life?   We encourage you to think about your future as a time of continued growth and opportunity.


You will leave more ready to…

    Ageism is real. Combat prejudice by equipping yourself with facts. Your own age-related assumptions may also be holding you back. Take a good look at your own beliefs.


    Understand the challenges that you are facing at this time.  Taking an honest and realistic look at where and when you need to overcome a necessary first step.  Take inspiration from how others have reassessed some common challenges and plan your personal approach.


    Unretiring can enable you to turn challenges into opportunities.  Whilst being honest about the challenges, we can also take an optimistic approach and look for the opportunities that this phase of life can bring.  Acknowledge the silver linings as well as the opportunities that lie ahead for you personally.


Retirement challenges

The Unretiring

Session 1: Facing Retirement helps you better
understand what you’re experiencing and feeling as you face retirement

Session 1 experts include:
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Celia Dodd

Journalist and author

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Chris Farrell

Journalist, author and speaker

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Dr Nancy Schlossberg

Author and life transitions guru

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Dr Oliver Robinson

Psychology Professor and author

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Dr Sabah Khan

Practising psychologist and lecturer

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Dr Michelle Silver

Gerontology professor

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Foundation course

Session 1: Facing Retirement is the first session in our Foundation Course

The entire Foundation Course spans 4 weeks with a different topic covered each week.

Read more about our whole Foundation Course


Frequently asked questions

For a full list of our frequently asked questions, please see our FAQs page

Our Foundation Course is being delivered live digitally using:

  • Virtual learning: tutor-led, live, online sessions
  • Group tasks: conversations and activities with other people
  • Online: always-on, always accessible


Our experienced facilitator will coach you through the course, using videos from expert contributors to spark discussion and develop your thinking.

All course materials and videos will be available to participants following each session.

We believe that you will benefit from the strength and support of your peers. They are people in a similar boat to you and you will undoubtedly have shared experiences. We would love this community to support each other throughout and beyond the course.

You will have the same facilitator throughout the Foundation Course, who will get to know you.  At any point, you can contact us with any thoughts or questions, and we will aim to respond within 24 hours.

The Foundation Course is delivered over 4 weeks, with one 2 hour session each week.

The time commitment is therefore 8 hours.  Additional reading and assignments are available if you wish to delve deeper.

Anyone who takes The Unretiring Foundation Course will have access to the course materials for their lifetime.

As long as you are a member of The Unretiring, through our Monthly Membership, you will have unlimited access to our learning library of all courses and information, as well as access to our community forum.

No, not at all.  The Unretiring Programme has been designed with limited technical experience in mind. We use the latest virtual learning software that ensures a seamless online learning experience.  Our facilitator will guide and support you throughout.

We recommend that you use a laptop or computer with a screen large enough for you to participate in session discussions and communicate with your peers effectively.

We particularly wanted to look at the psychological implications after retiring.  I personally found the lack of structure particularly unsettling – I felt like I needed to make a new life plan.  I was no longer clear about what I was doing everything for and I was uncomfortable with leisure as the focus of my time.  Looking at the challenges and turning them into interesting possibilities is what we are aiming for.

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Colin Serlin, Founder
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