Making Transitions Easier
What are the best ways to make a successful transition?
“Number one is to go out and talk to people who are going through what you are going through,” Werley said. “They can be cheerleaders, helping you move forward. At The Transition Network, groups meet face-to-face to share and encourage each other and that is so helpful. This is a stage of life when work friends tend to fade away, often the parents of your children’s friends become less important Many people think, ‘I used to have so many friends and now I don’t seem to have enough.’ At a time when life is changing, it is really very helpful to have a new network of women who are at one’s same age and going through the same kind of experiences."
Werley also said that there are more and more resources to help one go through transitions and find new directions. “I have seen women who have the good luck to find work that is more fun, more stimulating and more interesting than the work they have done before.” Werley , who had a previous career in finance before joining The Transition Network, said she is one of the lucky ones.
She also said that although transitions can be difficult for both men and women, especially if the person is laid off from a job that was an important part of their lives, women are more able to be open and share their feelings and get encouragement from each other. “I like to think that The Transition Network is the women’s movement brought forward thirty or forty years. We still want to be full participants in our lives and we still want to be there for each other.”
Click here to explore The Transition Network's website.They have also a published a book on how to make a successful transition “Smart Woman Don’t Retire—They Break Free: From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time.