A ‘gap year’ could allow you to map out your future, while maintaining job security.
The Minister for Ageing, Ken Wyatt has suggested Australians adopt the concept of a ‘gap year’ when transitioning into retirement. This could involve part-time employment, changing careers, volunteer work or a combination of both. This ‘gap year’ could allow you to map out you future, while maintaining job security.
With more than six million Australians aged between 50 and 75, the question of when you can retire is hot on plenty of people’s lips. That begs the question, what prompts one person to retire at 55, and another to work until they're 80? ASIC's 2010 research showed that it's more complicated than simply loving or hating your job. There are a number of retirement triggers that cause people to retire earlier than they expect.
Unhappy with work
Who hasn't thought about resigning after a stressful day at work? For people nearing retirement age, there comes a point when they feel they no longer want to - or have to - put up with work stresses.
Can't find a job
Retirement becomes an option when people have difficulty finding a job, usually after they have been retrenched or because of their age. Being forced to retire in this way is particularly difficult for those who have never before had trouble finding employment.
Kids have left home
Many people feel emotionally and financially committed to their children and only consider retiring when their kids have left home and are financially independent.
Sometimes it takes a health scare to spur people into thinking about retirement. Many people choose to retire after a major illness so they can take it easy and enjoy the rest of their life. Others are forced to retire when they get too sick or incapacitated to work.
Some people get lucky and inherit or win a sum of money, which gives them the financial means to retire. Even if they don't retire straight away, they now have the funds to start investing and building a large nest egg.
Influence of family and friends
People who see that a family member or friend has retired with minimum hassle may be inspired to do the same. The opposite also applies: if they see that others have made mistakes or left retirement planning till late in the game, they are less likely to make the same errors.
It's the right time
Finally, people retire simply because it's the right time: their finances are in good shape and they are emotionally ready for the changes that retirement will bring.
You may end up retiring unexpectedly or earlier than you thought you would. If you start planning and saving now for your retirement, you'll be ready when it's time for you to retire.