You may want to consider other options than full retirement when you give up your current job. This could include anything from setting up your own business to volunteering at home or overseas. This page contains articles and links to help you explore the options open to you as a trained accountant, whose professional skills and experience will continue to be in demand.
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The good retirement guide
Allan Esler Smith (32nd ed. Kogan Page, 2018)
Provides information, suggestions and advice on a broad range of subjects to help you enjoy your retirement to the full. Chapters include health, property, investment, leisure, paid work, voluntary work, pensions and tax.
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Will Baby Boomers phase into retirement?
A large majority of baby boomers intend to continue working after they reach traditional retirement age, and a majority of those individuals want to work part-time in different fields from their previous careers. This most likely means that phased retirement will grow in the future.
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Search the ICAEW volunteering website for current volunteering opportunities.
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on preparing for and managing your retirement.
Deferring your State Pension
Information from Gov.uk with guidance on the options available and how to defer.
Looking for work
This section on the Age UK website brings together useful advice on finding work and volunteering opportunities as well as starting your own business and CV writing for over 50s.
Accounting for International Development (AfID)
Voluntary organisation which offers qualified accountants the opportunity to use their professional skills during voluntary international placements. Assignments of between 2 weeks and 12 months form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity and long-term sustainability of non-profit organisations around the world.
Reach is a skilled volunteering charity which matches qualified professionals with suitable voluntary opportunities that will utilise their career skills. You need to register to see a list of volunteer opportunities available. The charity also runs TrusteeWorks which helps skilled professionals to find challenging and rewarding trustee opportunities.
The Voluntary Services Organisation website provides information on how to volunteer and lists opportunities available for qualified professionals. Volunteer placements are available for jobs overseas.
Volunteering in retirement
A 2005 report by Justin Davis Smith and Pat Gray of the Institute for Volunteering Research, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report examines the role of retired volunteers in our aging society.
Exploring the rise of the portfolio career
Article published in Economia on 03 November 2016 on the rise of the portfolio career and the challenges it presents for professionals.
Article from career coach Denise Taylor which answers common questions asked by those considering a portfolio career.
10 portfolio career tips
Article by career and job-search expert Randall S. Hansen which provides guidance for those interested in building a portfolio career.
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