The Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting is continuing its efforts to prepare public servants who are ready for retirement with a two-day “Pre-retirement Workshop. ”
The workshop is now into its fifth year, hosting its eighth cohort, and aims to provide participants with information necessary for entering into retirement.
Acting Director of Training in the Ministry of Education Human Resource Development and Labour, Betty Blanchard, outlined the objectives of the workshop.
“We are indeed delighted to have you here today to participate and share in the eighth cohort of our pre-retirement workshop, which is hosted by the Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting. As you are nearing the end of one journey to begin another we want to give all of you the opportunity to explore the key issues in preparing for the future,” Blanchard said.
Blanchard explained that retirement is an opportune time to take stock of one’s life and consider significant factors apart from savings.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Philip Dalsou, said retirement allows individuals to enjoy life more fully and should be viewed with positivity. He outlined tips which were essential for living a happy retirement.
“I know a lot of people sometimes view retirement with some trepidation. All of you in this room have a lot more to offer and a lot more to contribute in various aspects in whatever you have your passion in. But I do have a few tips I would like to share with you on living a happy retirement. I think the number one tip for happiness in retirement is good health,” Dalsou said.
Dalsou emphasised the need for planning particular in the area of emotional preparation. He said retirement is a withdrawal from work and not life, and causes significant change in one’s income, time and relationships.
The two-day workshop was held at Bay Gardens Hotel from June 20-21.