With increased life expectancy, the traditional picture of retirement is changing. Some women remain in or re-enter the workforce (between 1997 and 2010, the employment rate of Canadian women ages 55 and older rose from 16% to 29%), while others wonder whether they’ll have enough money to retire, what to do if their health fails and how to find continued meaning in their lives.
As Canada’s first generation of highly educated, senior-level women professionals undergo career transition they lack the necessary mentors and support to develop a plan and take action.
That’s where Leaders in Transition comes in.
Delivered by the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, this six-month pilot program will help older women align their skills, knowledge and values to transition to the next chapter of their lives in a productive and meaningful way.
The themes explored throughout the program include:
- identity and values discovery
- areas for continued growth
- managing fear
- health and well-being
- finances and lifestyle
- family and relationships
Underpinning Leaders in Transition will be the opportunity for mentoring and connections.
By the end of the program, participants will have a better understanding of how the transition from full-time work will impact their lives, be able to identify the various paths that are available to women undergoing career transition and gain a clear vision of what their next steps will be.
Leaders in Transition will accept 18 women ages 55+ to participate in the six-month pilot program, which will kick-off with a two-day retreat in November, 2013. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2013. Learn more.