Yorkshire businesswoman Victoria Tomlinson has launched an online membership platform for people leaving executive careers.
Next-Up helps “unretirees” to find paid and unpaid roles, sharing the experience of peers for inspiration and tips.
A former director of EY in London, Victoria Tomlinson founded Next-Up after 30 years as the CEO of Northern Lights, a communications agency operating in the UK and the UAE. She says, “Over the last four years we have helped around 100 individuals and that triggered the realisation there is a real need here. Typically, it started with writing a LinkedIn profile and went on to helping them with everything from starting a business or consultancy to finding speaking opportunities and helping charities.”
Next-Up comes after months of interviews and research found that retired over-55s are motivated by purpose and relevance not status and money, and almost a third want to continue using their skills into retirement.
Next-Up has online resources and provides ideas and guidance on what recent retirees can do next, helping them to re-work existing skills to take on fulfilling paid and unpaid roles after they leave full-time careers.
Tomlinson said: “We have worked with dozens of executives who retired without a plan for their next step – they were so busy working they did not have time even to think about this. At work they have been surrounded by teams to help them – now we provide help with ideas, new skills and practical support to make their plan happen. Anything from building a website and writing blogs to networking to win business. We’re creating a community where they can find like-minded people and opportunities suited to their skills and stage of life.”
Next-Up has been supported in shaping its membership model and services by a heavyweight advisory board of 20 leaders from private, public and voluntary sectors.
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