A few extra years?

It is natural to seek development throughout your working life. And setting goals and a framework for the last part of your working life can be a great advantage for both you and your employer. We call it the late career when the end of your working life approaches. When you combine desire and motivation, it is easier to address the goal and overcome any barriers to a fulfilling life, so that there is room for both work and leisure.

Start off your late career

You should be the captain of your own late career. The first step is to identify your wishes. And your possibilities.

A good place to start is to gain an overview of how far your finances can carry you towards your needs and wishes for the future. You also ought to consider which type of job that matches your future. Is it a new job? New tasks at the old job? Or development of your current tasks?

Change should be positive

The changes will most likely be accompanied by a change in your working hours, just like your work pressure and responsibility will probably decrease. Many who choose to dedicate a few more years to the labour market enjoy taking on a job within their field or in a position where they can pass on their knowledge and experience. You should also consider if there are some aspects that could boost your job satisfaction, such as better office conditions, breaks, working from home or maybe 15 minutes of exercise at the workplace. Think it over, discuss it with your family and network and listen to your gut. It is important that the changes increase your job satisfaction.

Put your future working life into words

A good way to start setting goals for your late career is an appraisal interview with your current manager. Together, you can clarify your possibilities of influencing your work situation. It is often quite rewarding to receive guidance and feedback and to look at new perspectives of your working life. This is something that an appraisal interview can contribute with.

If a negotiation of new working conditions is to be advantageous to the employee as well as the company, then both parties should have something to offer. Consider what you can contribute with in future.

Consider ideas for your future working life and bring them to the interview!

For instance, you can consider the following questions:

  • Which tasks do you prefer?
  • Do you need a change of tasks/new tasks?
  • Is the workload suitable?
  • Would you prefer a greater level of specialisation?
  • Would you like more/less responsibility?
  • Do you want a gradual reduction/increase in work hours?

Find out if your workplace has a senior policy!

  • Take notes or make a summary of the interview
  • Agree on how you will follow up on the interview
  • Follow up on the interview as agreed
  • Take the initiative for another interview if adjustments are necessary



Your working life does not have a sell-by date

According to ageing research, there is no need to let your birth certificate stand in the way of job satisfaction. As long as you have the desire and the motivation, all you need is to set the goal.

“The predefined ages of public old-age and early retirement wrongly lull us into the belief that we have a natural expiry date on the labour market”, says researcher in ageing Henning Kirk.

“We get some resources with age that young people don't have. These are valuable resources such as experience and overview. We also become more adaptable, and we still have the ability to learn new things within the area we work with”, he explains.

Say goodbye to the myths and put on your work gloves

 The researcher believes that the reasons for senior employees leaving the labour market must be illness, wear-out or a lack of up-to-date knowledge. “It is also a myth that senior employees generally have more trouble with handling the increased pace on the labour market. However, if the work is stressful, it usually affects the senior employees more. But, on the other hand, the senior employees are often better at organising the work, whereas younger people sometimes double the effort by using the wrong techniques”, Henning Kirk says.

Your brain is still in fine health after 60

He also believes that it is often due to a social and cultural influence that we automatically stop working when we reach a certain age. Because the brain cells are in perfect health - also those belonging to the grey gold. “We need to disregard the norms and “usually”. After all, we are no longer a nation of farmers that are worn out and die by the age of 65. We live in 2016, and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that our brains become unfit for work as we get older. As long as we keep moving and staying motivated”.

Henning Kirk, researcher in ageing

We get some resources with age that young people don't have

How to find motivation

The desire and energy to put effort into your job is of course a prerequisite for staying at work. After that comes the motivation to make a choice, form the framework and set the goal.

How to find motivation
  • Be aware of the things that drain your energy levels. Move your focus from the things that you can’t do anything about to the things that you actually have a chance of influencing.
  • Acknowledge and understand your own needs. Your needs control your behaviour. If someone threatens or keeps you from satisfying your needs, it can release a lot of emotional reactions.
  • Do the things you are good at. You will automatically find motivation from doing the things you are best at. It is important to use the things we are already good at as a starting point in order to be motivated to learn new things.
  • Understand your own contribution. What is the purpose of your presence at this workplace and in this team? What is it that you want to contribute with?


10 ways to high energy levels

  1. Eat healthily and stay physically active – follow the official dietary guidelines and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Get some fresh air and daylight – being outside invites joy and optimism.
  2. Take time to unwind and use some of your spare time to do something fun – restitution and time for a hobby, music or something else you like will give you positive energy.
  3. Strengthen your social network.
  4. Get a good night’s sleep – it is all-important for our health and an important factor for thriving.
  5. Hold back on stimulants – tobacco, alcohol, sugar and coffee increase the strain on your body.
  1. Use your manager and colleague – when you know each other’s situation, you can more easily pull together as a unit.
  2. Focus on what you accomplish and think positively – do not worry about things that might not happen.
  3. Allow for unforeseen incidents – accept that you cannot control everything and make everyone happy.
  4. Be realistic – balance your level of ambition with your current situation at work and at home.
  5. Learn to say “no”, “never mind” and “help”.