Refirement Network :: October 2017


Dear Refirement members,

The change of seasons has been vicious across South Africa this past week. It feels like the changes we are experiencing in the changing world of work. I remember a few years ago, that Graeme Codrington predicted that the change we were feeling around 2007/8 was like a tsunami. He explained that in 2007 what we were feeling was like the water leaving the beach and that the tsunami wave would start to hit around 2015. We are now in 2017 and I can feel how this technology is accelerating and changing the world of work exponentially.

This can be scary, but part of life is about being brave and courageous and stepping out of our comfort zone. I have started offering online courses to walk alongside those who are keen to be brave and understand this new world of work.

This newsletter includes the results from a survey, more about the online courses, and two great articles on the future world of work.

Enjoy, engage and be brave.

Lynda Smith
Founder of Refirement Network. Wisdom Preserver and Connection Specialist.

Skills Bank Survey Results

Thank you to those that participated in the survey around the skills bank. I have summarised the results so that you have a better idea of the mindset of those that responded. View survey results


Upcoming Workshop

Join me at The SuccessNess festival in Cape Town on the 28th October. I will be running a workshop on planning your next chapter 50+. Read more



Learning and sharing from my first online course for anyone 50+

This article is a reflection from my first online course that I have run. It has been a joy for me to work with around 10 candidates who all have different needs, but all keen to be brave and design their next season. Read more.

The next online course to design your entrepreneurial journey starts on the 6 th November. Read here to see more about the overview and outcomes.

5 Small Home Business Ideas
For Older Entrepreneurs

By Lucy Wyndham

Thank you to Lucy Wyndham for writing this article about some business ideas for older entrepreneurs. Read more.

Mind Shift | Talent as a Service
By Terry Madavo

I am working with some amazing people on the development of the Skills Bank. Thank you to Terry Madavo for writing this article around some of the advantages of what a skills bank would mean to both those of us over 50, seeking work opportunities and the current workplace. Read more.



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