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Cat’s retirement story

30/05/2017

Cat and Mike (PSS and CSS Members) planned for ten years before retiring. There were a lot of big decisions to make, like where to live, how to keep busy, and how to adjust to life...

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Q&A with Gerard Ten Bokkel (PSS member)

30/05/2017

Gerard was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2016, and this drastically changed his retirement plans.

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Denise’s retirement story (PSS member)

30/05/2017

At the age of 50, with 5 years until retirement, Denise started viola lessons. Since then, five and a half years ago, she has performed in 32 concerts, two of which were in China!

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New presenter for the 3rd Act Seminars in 2017

08/12/2016

After a short stint of retirement, Jeff is back. And his own personal experience with moving into retirement has given him a good understanding of the possibilities and potential challenges....

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Gail’s ‘not retiring from life’ retirement story

24/09/2016

“Get a life...NOW! Then, like me, you won't really notice that you've apparently retired” says Gail. (Photo – Gail on the ukulele with other members of the blues band ‘Laid...

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Jim’s retirement journey

23/09/2016

“Almost everyone spends most of their adult life working” says Jim. And it’s usually accepted that “work is anything you are doing when you would rather be doing something else”.

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Anne’s ‘20 insightful tips for a satisfying retirement’

23/09/2016

Many years ago, when I was still working full-time, I finally got around to attending a CSS seminar

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Alastair’s retirement story

23/09/2016

“Making the decision to retire 10 years ago was difficult … and making ends meet has been a minor panic” says Alastair. However if being of service to others makes you happy then...

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Richard’s retirement journey: observations and lessons

23/09/2016

“Retirement is an excellent institution and I can highly recommend it but it does need to be properly planned and managed to maximise its personal enjoyment and satisfaction” says...

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Where to retire: sea change, tree change – what are the considerations?

26/05/2016

If expensive housing, long hours of commuting and no time for yourself are causing you to think about living elsewhere, you are not alone.

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Colin’s retirement story

26/05/2016

"Retirement is certainly not the end of the road." says Colin.

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Recipe for Seniors Week success: The Seekers + free popcorn

04/04/2016

Staff from CSC’s Pensions and Education teams were busy at CSC’s Expo stall answering questions about our super schemes, encouraging retirees to tell their retirement stories

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Janet’s retirement story (how to expand your social life without being an outgoing extrovert)

04/04/2016

If you’d like to enjoy a diverse and active retirement, give something back to your country and expand your friendship circle, retired school teacher Janet has a helpful suggestion...

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The secret retirement sauce (retirees tell us their ingredients for a happy and meaningful retired life)

03/02/2016

How can you successfully transition from working life to retired life? To find out, we asked people who conquered this major life change themselves… our pension members.

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Different ways of enjoying retirement

18/09/2015

Who are your role models for living a happy and satisfying retirement? Maybe you can find inspiration in some of these lifestyle choices.

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What skills do I have?

11/08/2015

Ever wondered what skills you have to offer a prospective new employer?

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Retirement: an abyss or opportunity?

11/08/2015

Facing up to retirement can be a challenge for people who have spent the majority of their life in structured work. Structured work provides the security of knowing the pattern of our...

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What’s next in retirement?

27/04/2015

People think their retirement is set once they have their super. It’s not. There are plenty of financially well-off people who are bored and dissatisfied with their retirement.

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What’s missing in your life, now you’ve retired?

27/04/2015

Moving into retirement, some people are startled and dismayed to discover a mis-match between the retirement they dreamed of, and the one they've got.

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Life without a business card

09/02/2015

Our identities are often defined by our career and how successful we have been in it. Many of us don’t realise how much we are defined by our career – until we retire.

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Semi-retirement – try before you buy

09/02/2015

For those people who love their job retirement is often something to be feared and resisted. Here’s how Fred P. approached this challenge

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There's Strength in Retirement

13/01/2015

Research shows it’s easier to engage our inherent strengths at work than at leisure - in fact it’s three times easier.

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Seven tips on working until 70

09/10/2014

The 2014 Federal Budget outlined a strategy to raise the eligibility for the age pension from 65 to 70 by 2035.

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Why volunteering can lead to a job

09/10/2014

Currently the over 50s provide the majority of the volunteering workforce

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The more you give …the more you get

09/10/2014

It’s a scientific fact that people who give generously of their time and effort feel better about life and about themselves

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Leave work slowly

09/10/2014

A few decades ago it was customary to work until age 65, then head home after the office farewell, ready for the start of a whole new life.

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