Get yourself a cup of chai and some biscuits, it’s been a while since you’ve got this newsletter and boy, do we have a lot to share. So, spend some time catching up on everything that's been happening at WisdomCircle.
As some of you may have noticed, we have made changes to our newsletter! We want it to focus on WisGen* and include contributions from our community.
Our (when we say our, we mean you and us) newsletter will include updates from WisGen* who have been hired recently, blogs shared by community members, upcoming events at WisdomCircle, product updates that we're excited to share, and occasionally, snippets of industry-relevant news.
So, welcome to the newsletter, our labour of love. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting this together for you!
*WisGen: those over the age of 50 with a lifetime of experience
About Suniel Guptaa
Suniel has over 32 years of experience in the Pharma industry, including Business Development, Sales Management, and Training. He spearheaded the training department of a large Indian pharmaceutical company, where he planned, organised, designed, and delivered skill enhancement programmes. He has the distinction of having trained 10,000+ people.
Since 2015, he has been practising as a freelance Life Coach and Soft Skills Trainer and recently published his first book- What Next? Journey to a Successful Career.
On what he wanted to do post-retirement
Driven by the pursuit of creative autonomy and the allure of making a meaningful impact through personalised one-on-one coaching, Suniel knew he wanted to work independently, leading him to start his own training company. He derives great joy from engaging with students and emerging professionals and offering them guidance, support, and mentorship. He is deeply committed to contributing to society.
What Suniel is currently doing
Other than working as a Life Coach and Soft Skills Trainer, Suniel was recently placed, through WisdomCircle, at an NGO called Kshamata, which is dedicated to aiding marginalised and vulnerable women.
As a 'Social Enterprise Development Officer', Suniel works closely with the Senior Management towards the growth of the social enterprise, supports the Job Readiness & Micro-business initiatives, and the capacity building of select staff, besides developing and implementing systems and processes in revenue generation, budgeting and marketing.
His experience with WisdomCircle
WisdomCircle operates as a professional job placement platform, catering especially to individuals who have retired from their active careers and are seeking a second inning to utilise their professional experiences for financial rewards and the joy of giving back.
The team at WisdomCircle works with a high level of professionalism, providing regular follow-ups and assistance in finding the perfect fit for each individual. I am incredibly pleased with my decision to sign up with them, as they helped me discover the precise type of assignment I was seeking. Even after placement, their post-placement service and follow-up support have been exceptional.
I wholeheartedly recommend WisdomCircle to anyone who wishes to explore their wealth of experiences, find meaningful opportunities post-retirement, and embrace a fulfilling and purposeful life. This platform is truly remarkable, and I am grateful for the chance it has given me to continue making a difference.
About Nirupam Dey
Nirupam is a seasoned finance & operations professional with 20+ years of experience across multiple industries. He previously served as the Risk Head (Financial Shared Services) for Wipro and a GRC specialist as a BU owner(India Region)- Product & Sales of RSA Archer at RSA Securities.
Nirupam practices philanthropy through causes close to him and has a deep interest in volunteering. He is married to Sangeeta, a sales and marketing professional at a leading technology organisation, and they live in Bangalore.
On what he wanted to do post-retirement
After working for more than two decades in large corporates and developing rich experience and expertise, Nirupam was keen to reshape his professional journey, focusing on paying it forward and shaping start-ups or small organisations in their growth journey. He wanted to push himself to unlearn the corporate mantras and learn the hustle and agility of start-ups.
What Nirupam is currently doing
Through WisdomCircle, he was placed at Avasarala Technologies, working as GM Finance and Controller. He is involved in all areas of finance, provides strategic direction to the finance function, and helps solve challenges the organisation faces.
He is an active member of Rotary (service above self) and enjoys experimenting with his culinary skills during his free time.
His experience with WisdomCircle
"One of my ex-colleagues mentioned WisdomCircle as a platform that leverages a lifetime of accumulated skills and wisdom and pays it forward, which resonated well with my philosophy of redesigning my career journey. I was excited to register myself on WisdomCircle and become a part of the family. It has been a wonderful experience for me to connect with people and organisations aligned with my professional goal in life. The WisdomCircle team has displayed great professionalism, and there has been mutual respect and transparency in the matchmaking journey. I thank the team for their services and wish them all the best in their growth plan."
We asked our community- "What is a professional lesson(s) you wish you had learnt early in your career?" and as anticipated, our WisGen had valuable and illuminating lessons to share. Nakul Subramanyam, shares, "'People will forget about what you did or did not do for them but will always remember how you made them feel.' This valuable lesson would have made me a better professional early in my career and would have helped me focus on relationships and not just my work!"
Vipin Gupta, a WisGen who was recently placed through WisdomCircle, writes, "Imagine a world where you do not have to drag yourself out of bed to go to work and can choose to snuggle some more...not just for a day but for weeks, months, and years... however, this idyllic vision of retirement at the end of a working life, usually when one is sixty years or older, remains an illusion for most."
RightSol is looking for an Expert Instructor - Online Courses to develop and deliver engaging course content across multiple categories like Finance and Accounting, Workplace and Human Resources, Sales etc.
Buckman is looking for a Marketing and Technology Manager, Paper who will be responsible to drive strategic growth in the Paper Industry, positioning Buckman as a preferred partner with a differentiated customer experience.
Foundation for A Drug-Free World, India is looking for an Operations Executor and a Coordination Executive who will be responsible for meticulously planning, organising, and coordinating Truth About Drugs events and responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, devising engaging activities for them, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office respectively.
VTheVolunteers (VTVO) is looking for Volunteers who are ready to be part of a movement that values altruism, compassion, and community. Whether you can spare some time or share your unique skills your contribution will make a significant difference.
Rejuvenation and Reinvention in Retirement with Anita Gupta, Co-founder and Chairperson of MyPersona
Do you know what it takes to be an Independent Director? Or feel you could benefit from learning about financial planning for seniors? We’ve got you covered! As a member of WisdomCircle, you have access to the recordings of these past sessions and more!
Please check out the Event page on WisdomCircle to receive access!
WisdomCircle honours those challenging cultural expectations of elders slowing down and retreating into retirement by shining light on their journey through an inspiring series called “Wisdom Stories”.
Ms Poonam Chadha, in her interview with Saonli Sen Choudhury, shares a message for the Wisdom Generation, “never stop believing... don’t be afraid of spending time with yourself – solitude can do wonderful things. Not all stories need to have a fairy tale ending, but if you love the process, you will enjoy the ride.”
We’ve been continuously iterating and working on improving the platform experience. We’re excited to bring you the following highlights for the month!
We've partnered with AryaPlay, a games-based psychometric assessments company, to create our very first game - 'Discover your Value type'. This is a fun way to get to know yourself and find roles that match your personality and preferences.
Recruiter Activity and Status of Roles
Based on feedback from WisGen, we have included information about when a role was posted and highlighted roles which are actively hiring, ones which will be closing soon, etc. on the platform.
Profile Building and Verification Services
Once you have completed your profile on the platform, you can also share it with recruiters outside of WisdomCircle by downloading your profile as a PDF.
If you need help with building your profile we offer expert support through our profile-building services.
Additionally, we offer verification services to make your profile even stronger. If you choose to get your profile verified, a verified badge appears next to your name to recruiters.
Please note, these are completely optional paid services.
Enabling India's Senior Citizens: A Call to Action for Government and Stakeholders
We recently contributed to the effort in publishing a paper with AHPI India and Vayah Vikas which puts forth recommendations for various stakeholders to confront challenges faced by senior citizens.
If you haven’t already, join our WhatsApp Community to be up-to-date with new opportunities and events, and also to connect with other like-minded WisGen*.
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WisdomCircle connects senior experienced professionals, who are typically over 50 and retired, with meaningful opportunities that leverage their lifetime of wisdom and experience.
We are passionate about making post-retirement life meaningful for WisGen.
Curated By: Vaibhavi Prashanth and Shitanshu Maurya from WisdomCircle