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Your retirement: flexible options

Approaching your retirement, there are a number of options for you to consider if you don't want to retire from working life completely. This page provides you with a selection of books, articles and links to help you explore and evaluate your options.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Online articles
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the library

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Featured eBook

The good retirement guide
Jonquil Lowe (37th ed. Kogan Page, 2023)

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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Featured article

Position yourself for the best flex work

Discusses how older workers can be "flexibly retired” by staying on in a more flexible work arrangement and phasing their retirement over time. Includes practical advice on how to be successful in the flexible work market.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use. 

Position yourself for the best flex work

Discusses how older workers can be 'flexibly retired' by staying on in a more flexible work arrangement and phasing their retirement over time. Includes practical advice on how to be successful in the flexible work market.

How to 'consultify' your retirement

Provides tips on how to turn a lifetime of experience into a part-time role by becoming a consultant after retirement.

Ease away from work

Offers advice to those looking to ease into retirement by continuing to work on a part-time basis.

Will Baby Boomers phase into retirement?

Looks at the characteristics and different approaches to phased retirement, and why it can be beneficial for both employees and employers.

Beyond the CA

Focuses on baby boomers who are resisting retirement and reinventing their careers, and how some chartered accountants (CAs) in Canada are embracing the trend.

Are you ready for Act II?

The importance of planning ahead when approaching retirement age whether leaving a job for entrepreneurship, entering a new phase of life and work or becoming a volunteer or part-time worker.

Useful links

CABA: Approaching and enjoying retirement
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on preparing for and managing your retirement.

ICAEW Volunteers
Search the ICAEW volunteering website for current volunteering opportunities.

VSO volunteer
The voluntary services organisation website with information on how to volunteer and the opportunities available for qualified professionals. Volunteer placements are available for overseas jobs.

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. The site includes information on how to become a Reach volunteer. 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.

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.

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.

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.

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