In-Person Skydiving into Retirement: Enjoy the Ride and Land Softly

This is a strategic planning approach to creating a viable retirement environment. Unlike most retirement seminars, it takes up the non-financial aspects of personal planning.

Duration: 3–8 hours
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About the Instructor(s)

Dr. Bill Carroll
Principal and Adjunct Professor, Carroll Applied Science LLC and Indiana University

Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a B.A. in chemistry and physics from DePauw University (1973), an MS from Tulane University in Organic Chemistry (1975) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington (1978). He retired from Occidental Chemical Corporation in 2015 after 37 years and now heads his own company, Carroll Applied Science, LLC.

Bill has been an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana for almost 25 years, with activities ranging from teaching courses to acting as department career counselor for the graduate students, his current assignment.
He served as President (2005) and later as Chair of the Board of Directors (2012-14) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He is a Fellow of ACS as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2009 he was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.
Bill has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Indiana and DePauw, and an honorary doctorate from DePauw. He is active in the ACS Committee for Professional Training, the ACS Insurance Trust Board of Trustees, ACS Careers, and is a Certified Professional Retirement Coach. He holds two patents, has published four books and has nearly one hundred publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration, plastics recycling, sustainability and…popular music history and analytics.

About the Course

For most people, retirement from a regular job is a career inevitability. Most of us are taught over the years to save for retirement and to manage our accounts appropriately. That advice reinforces the idea that retirement is a financial decision, and of course it is.
But money is the tip of the iceberg. When you retire, your identity changes, particularly if your work has been an important part of your life. For some people, constructing the “retirement” phase of a career is more daunting than getting a first job.
This course, for those who are thinking about retirement or recently retired, outlines a strategic planning approach to retirement. It discusses the importance of personal identity, creating structure and evaluating your prospective environment to find the intersection of your values, your strengths, your interests and your opportunities.

What You Will Learn

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe how and why your identity changes when you leave your full-time career and create interpersonal tools to reflect your new identity
  • Evaluate your current readiness to retire and identify barriers to and unpreparedness for retirement using an environment scan
  • Compare different archetypes and create a scaffold for your transition and the first 1-2 years
  • Catalogue values, strengths and interests using inventories to create and execute a strategic plan

Who Should Attend

This course is for anyone with an interest in preparing for retirement. It is most useful for people within two years of retirement, either before or after.

Course Outline

  • Key Topics

    • How do I know it’s time?
    • Identity in canonical career vs. retirement: Refreshing your tools
    • Structuring the 2000 hours a year you just found
    • Retirement archetypes
    • Finding your sweet spot: Values, Skills and Interests
    • Outlining and executing a plan

Dates, Locations, and Prices


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