Build a Post-Career Plan With a Retirement Coach

A coach can help you home in on what you want to do in your second act.

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I don't know when I'm going to retire. At my age (63), it could be in a few years or maybe further out. What I do know is that I won't embark on the next phase of life -- which could be longer than my childhood, longer than the time it took to raise my family, and longer than my 21-year freelance career -- without a game plan.

That's why I had the idea of signing up for a few sessions with a retirement coach. Retirement coaches, who may have a background in psychotherapy, executive training or financial planning, help clients identify their interests and priorities, align their finances with their retirement goals, and give shape to the vast expanse of time that represents life after a career.

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Jane Bennett Clark
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
The late Jane Bennett Clark, who passed away in March 2017, covered all facets of retirement and wrote a bimonthly column that took a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversaw the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheaded the annual "Best Cities" feature. Clark graduated from Northwestern University.