So there you are with your eye on the prize… and it gets moved out of view! You check your glasses prescription, still the same. You check your date of birth, still the same. You look around at your colleagues and see them snickering… You have been duped!
I feel bad enough for the youth, but being at the start of their career or only 10 years in, you have not set your sights on the finish line. Promotions, family, many changes in job and career stand between you and retirement. But I feel for those who are 10/15 years out, it must be soul destroying.
It seems Tesco is leading the way, there always has to be a pioneer! Unions are in negotiation with the supermarket giant but it seems they are unlikely to succeed in reversing the two year increase in its retirement age. This will affect the 172,000 active staff at Tesco. Two years does not sound a lot but at 65, it certainly feels like more.
I know we are much healthier than we were before, better medical support and therefore living longer but that does not help the tired bones to get going in the morning.
The other issue is the increase in unemployment across all age groups. We are told to keep working but what if we do not have a job due to redundancy. It’s much harder to get a job at 55/60 than in your twenties.
What’s the answer? I just don’t know! But more so than ever we need to enjoy our everyday lives and not live for retirement, take the holidays you can and spend time with the children as well as grandchildren – Do not wait for retirement.