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What Will Be Your Retirement “Slash”?

What Will Be Your Retirement “Slash”?

A while back I attended a meeting and happened to be speaking with someone who studied and specialized in human resources. During our conversation, I asked her what she found most interesting in her field. She told me that she was very intrigued by the concept of “slash” careers.

This was a new term to me – I had never heard of slash careers before.

She went on to further explain that given the current work environment there are many people who are taking on two types of careers – for example: Business Analyst / Vocalist or Buyer / Writer (notice the “slash” between the two positions). Usually one of the pieces of the slash was what a person may feel passionate about however may not be in able to pursue full time. They are instead finding ways to build these interests into their working lives.

In the past, if someone was to have a “slash” in their careers, it was usually hidden or only revealed to relatives and close friends (sometimes referred to as moonlighting) so no one would be confused about their formal career path or chosen field of expertise.

With these slash careers now coming into mainstream, it is actually starting to be recognized as an opportunity to show a different side or dimension of a person and is very often now valued.

As interesting as I found this concept in careers, I couldn’t help but wonder how this same idea could apply to retirement.

It is becoming more and more evident that to enjoy a long, healthy and happy retirement, we need to fill our new found time with something that has meaning to us. Whether it’s taking up a hobby, volunteering your time or pursuing a long, lost passion – something will need to be your retired / (“slash”).

So what will be your retirement “slash”?

What will you do that will fill your days with purpose once you’ve retired? Will it be retired / volunteer, retired / artist or retired / entrepreneur? Or will you even have multiple “slashes”?

I think it’s a great idea to have a “slash” in your retirement…. what do you think?

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.