We don't do financial planning...

Speak with your accountant or financial planner about this aspect of retirement, or we can refer you to one of our associates

...we do everything else

"Most people spend more time planning for a two-week holiday than they do for their retirement"

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  • Many people look forward to the day they can retire with the intention of fulfilling their dreams, but after 2–12 months, the “honeymoon period” can be over.
  • They could afford to retire but didn’t plan for how they would find structure, purpose and meaning for the next 20 to 30 years.
  • What will you do for the rest of your life? How will you live a balanced and rewarding lifestyle? What will happen to your relationships with family and friends? 

Next steps to retirement success

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  • Whether you’re years or days away from retirement, or already retired, we can help.
  • Retirement coaching looks at aspects of your life beyond work that you may need to spend more time considering and planning for, ideally before you retire.
  • Aspects covered include retirement readiness; transition to retirement; work and leisure activities; health and wellness; family and relationships; and personal development.

What we do

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  • We identify your retirement expectations, and plans (if any), and compare these to what it takes to retire successfully.
  • We'll then help you look at your strengths and focus areas, and work with you to set your retirement goals and steps to reach them.
  • Our first consultation with you is obligation free, and cost free if you decide not to proceed.

About us

René Vernon

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  • René is a former Director of Human Resources, with 39 years' experience, and a Master's degree in Human Resources.
  • He enjoys volunteering, writing and walking, and is studying to also become a life coach.

We're certified retirement coaches

  • Our services are available Australia-wide.
  • Based in Canberra, we can provide face-to-face coaching at a location that suits you, including Batemans Bay, Goulburn, Moss Vale, Queanbeyan, and Yass. 
  • We can also provide coaching via Skype, phone, or email; or to small groups.

Marg Sloan

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  • Marg is a former Performance Management Coach, with 27 years' experience working with people.
  • She has travelled a lot, had some small businesses, raised a family, and likes walking.

What's in it for me?

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The new retirement

People are living longer and staying younger. Retirement may be the longest period of your life. Many retirees now finish their bucket lists and then struggle to find purpose and meaning.

We've been there, done that

Retirement is a time of massive change.


We're offering you our insights about the retirement experience so that your lifestyle in retirement, and your relationships with people who are important to you, can be optimised.

How does retirement coaching work?

  • Introduction. We first meet with you to review your work and life background; current situation and intentions; and interest in retirement coaching. We outline the assessment process, discuss our rates, and answer your questions. This part of our service is obligation-free, and cost-free if you decide not to proceed. 
  • Questionnaire. If you go ahead, we will email you an online questionnaire for your completion. The are no right or wrong answers. The questionnaire was developed by Dr Richard P Johnson, an adult development psychologist, as a result of his clinical practice experience with retirees.
  • Results. After you submit your answers the results are emailed back to you, and copied to us for analysis, associated research, and briefing preparation. 
  • Guidebook. We will send you an accompanying e-book, either The New Retirement or What Colour is my Retirement?
  • Discussion. We meet with you to discuss the results of your questionnaire, and our analysis and findings; and suggest some actions for you to consider.
  • Follow-up. We will email you with a short summary of the discussion.
  • Review. Retirement coaching will usually prompt you to reflect on your situation, so the last part of the process is to meet with you some weeks later to review your results, answer any further questions you may have, and agree a way ahead.

When should I consider retirement coaching?

We recommend seeking retirement coaching at any time from 45 onwards. This is a rule of thumb based on an average retirement age in Australia of nearly 63 for recent retirees.


An early start will give you plenty of time to prepare for the changes that retirement will bring.


After you retire you may like to review your situation at 1 to 5 year intervals.

Retirement is so far off for me that I don't see the point

Getting people to think about their future selves can be like getting them to think about a stranger.


Yet most people get the need to prepare financially for retirement. And the need for retirement coaching and a complementary plan for the non-financial aspects of retirement is just as important, if not more so.


45+ can be a good time to start thinking about, preparing for, and imagining what could be the longest part of your life. Just like financial planning, the farther out you start the greater will be your dividend and the fewer the surprises.


One to three hours of retirement coaching every 5 years will work for most people. 


How ever far or near you are to retirement, whether years, months, weeks or days, or if you’re already retired, retirement coaching can help you to better harvest or manage the rewards and quality of your retirement.

Contact us

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Call René on 0421 58 20 55

Next Steps Retirement Coaching

PO Box 6028, Kingston ACT 2604

ABN 81 623 469 349