Here’s the idea behind unretirement. People, who are retired or close to retiring, choose to continue working.

Reasons for unretirement

There are three reasons for this phenomenon.

First. Mature workers are healthy enough and want to continue to work.

Also, people are living longer

Life expectancy as a possible reason for unretirement

Because they are living longer, some choose to continue working because of boredom.

While others may have insufficient savings or are faced with higher cost of healthcare.

Rethinking retirement

Before we dive into why unretirement may be for you, let’s look at the definition of retirement.

Withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from one’s active working life.

Typically, the idea of retirement is associated with age or incapacity.

The decision for unretirement is usually linked to financials. Simply because people are living longer, they have insufficient savings.

Apart from financial, unretirement can be a great way to change the narrative of The Good Life.

Instead of the narrative many of us are exposed to—work hard to earn enough so you can do what you want—a.k.a retirement.

What if we turn the narrative around—do what you love and get paid doing it.

Are your skills relevant

The new narrative certainly sounds attractive.

Question is: are your skills relevant to allow you to do what you love?

Think tanks and governments preach the idea of reskilling.

My government makes it easier, especially during the pandemic, for workers to stay relevant.

Reskilling is but only one part of the equation.

Reinventing yourself is the other.

And it is not an option.

Especially if unretirement has been on the cards ever since the pandemic hit.