Retirement planning: Flourishing in retirement

Leah Shmerling
Career counsellor/coach, Course Facilitator, Retirement Coach
‘The new retirement is not an ending, it’s a new beginning, the start of a new life journey of vastly expanded proportion.’ Dr. Richard Johnson, Founder – Retirement O...
Target Audience
• Individuals who are planning retirement • Individuals who are retired

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Retirement Planning will make the transition from work to the next phase of your life more purposeful and satisfying.
Retirement Coaching with us helps you to map out the financial and lifestyle implications of your current situation, and help you align your aims and ambitions for future change. With individuals tending to live longer, post-employment, Retirement Coaching will assist you to develop new skills, understand your finances better, and receive support to research your options with consciousness.
We will explain the Six Stages of Retirement, provide general advice on Pensions, Superannuation and Investments, and highlight the kinds of challenges you may face in retirement.
Are you thinking about retirement? Plan it properly with us – before you go ahead and do it!


• Individuals who are planning retirement
• Individuals who are retired

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Begin the course when it suits you. After completing the course you will still have ongoing access to review content.

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Teaching Standards

6.1.2 Proficient Level – Identify and plan professional learning needs
7.4.2 Proficient Level – Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities
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Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.1.2 & 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


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1. Thoughts on retirement – how do you view retirement?

30 minutes

• Thoughts on retirement – how do you view retirement?
• Recognising the myths, facts, and life lessons

2. Your retirement readiness

1 hour and 30 minutes

• Your retirement readiness
• Work re-orientation to retirement
• Transition model into retirement
• The six stages of retirement – Robert Atchley model

3. Flourishing in retirement

1 hour

• Flourishing in retirement
• Reasons why many flounder in retirement

4. How to plan for retirement: personal, lifestyle, financial

3 hours

• Challenges to retirement
• Eleven steps to a happy retirement
• Checklist for a happy retirement
• Action plan
• Additional resources

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About the team

Leah Shmerling


Leah is passionate about education, training and career development.
Since commencing employment, Leah has undertaken work in complementary areas that includes: corporate training, teaching in the tertiary sector, and career counselling clients from a range of backgrounds. She is a published writer of two books and freelance writer for newspapers and professional publications.
Leah commenced her career as a teacher in the TAFE system in 1985, and has been training for over 25 years. When facilitating training programs, Leah applies a range of experiential interactive learning techniques to cater to a range of learning styles, participant needs and energy levels. She brings her enthusiasm; empathy and sense of fun to all her training sessions.
Leah is a published author of two books: Job Applications: The Winning Edge 1993, which has sold nationally and overseas, with a second edition published in 1998, and Communication In The Workplace, 1996 published by Macmillan Education Australia.

For many years, Leah has worked as a freelance journalist and has written for The Age – Education, Employment and Business, and is a former columnist and freelance writer with the Herald Sun – Learn. Leah has also written professional and business publications.
Leah is a qualified Career Counsellor, Career and Life Coach, assisting individuals to achieve both their professional and personal goals to lead a positive and fulfilled life.
Leah holds a Master in Professional Education and Training, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, and Certificates in Life Coaching, Mediation Skills, and Psychodrama.
Leah is a professional member of the Career Development Association Australia (CDAA), a professional member of Australian Career Professionals International (ACPi-Aus).
Leah has attained international accreditation and is Board Certified as a Career Management Fellow with the Institute of Career Certification.