Wisdom Edit, June 2024

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June has been an eventful month, to say the least. We are excited to bring to you the our latest offering, The WisdomCircle Community! The community will be open to everyone in July, but until then we can offer you a sneak peak of what you can do in the community.

In this edition, our community members share a piece of advice that greatly impacted them, we spotlight Ms Anju V Sharma a WisGen we placed at GenWise, and share articles by The Ken and The New Indian Express on retirees redefining retirement. 

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Promethean Energy is a company working in the industrial energy efficiency space. They are looking for a Project Head - Energy Efficiency (Thermal Project) with strong project management and industrial experience to manage a 2 MW thermal energy efficiency project, ensuring timely completion, budget adherence, and positive client feedback.

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Aurionpro Solutions is looking for a Subject Matter Expert/Consultant (Wholesale Banking) with expertise in transaction banking, corporate lending, digital banking, and credit operations & technology for a customer-facing role to advise clients, contribute insights to product teams, and support pre-sales and delivery teams.

New Energy business of Indian multinational conglomerate is looking for a Consultant- Battery Management System (BMS) to improve BMS for Automotive Battery and make it 'Production Ready’. The role involves SoC and SoH Calculation, Cell monitoring & balancing, and proposing, designing, reviewing and supporting the development of pack-level safety. 

 Please sign in to your WisdomCircle account to browse and apply for opportunities that suit your requirements. 

WisdomCircle routinely organises events for our valued members. These sessions are thoughtfully curated to align with the unique interests, needs, and aspirations of our community.

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Understanding Memory Care and Dementia

This session designed for older adults will focus on early dementia detection, exploring types like Alzheimer's, key risk factors, and practical memory care strategies. Attendees will learn to recognise early signs and understand the importance of regular health check-ups, brain-stimulating activities, and social connections for cognitive health.

Thursday, July 11 | 4 to 5 PM IST 

As a member of WisdomCircle, you have access to the recordings of past sessions on topics like how to be an independent director, financial planning for seniors, and more on the Events page! 

About Anju V Sharma

"I am convent educated from Calcutta with a vast experience of 30 years in the education field and ex-principal of reputed schools and am now imparting IELTS and Spoken English via online classes.

As a school Principal, my journey has been fuelled by a deep passion for education and a commitment to nurturing the talents and abilities of both students and staff. Leadership and mentorship are at the core of my professional philosophy, and they shape every aspect of my work.

My personal interests, such as gardening and community service, have significantly influenced my approach to teaching slum children. Gardening, for instance, is not just a hobby but a metaphor for growth and nurturing potential. Introducing gardening projects in schools can teach children about responsibility, teamwork, and sustainability, while also providing therapeutic benefits.

Teaching children from slum areas is both a significant challenge and a profound opportunity. As a school principal, my commitment to leadership and mentorship is driven by a deep passion for social work and a belief in the transformative power of education. By integrating compassionate leadership, effective mentorship, and personal passions into our educational practices, we can create an environment where every child has the opportunity to thrive. This journey requires dedication, empathy, and a relentless pursuit of equity, but the rewards—measured in the lives transformed—are immeasurable."

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⁠⁠Looking back, what would you tell your younger self about preparing for retirement?

"Start your retirement planning early. Starting early is crucial because it allows your money to grow through compound interest. Explore retirement savings options like employer-sponsored plans (e.g., 401(k)) or individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Set clear goals, create a budget that includes regular savings, and seek advice from financial professionals. Balancing current spending with long-term savings ensures a comfortable retirement."

What are you passionate about, and how do you spend your time now?

"Cooking has become my passion, consuming much of my time with its creative joys and the satisfaction of sharing delicious meals. I constantly work on refining my culinary skills through experimenting with diverse recipes and learning from experts. I also focus on healthy cooking, incorporating nutritious ingredients and exploring new cooking methods that promote well-being.

Integrating my love for gardening, I grow herbs and vegetables that add freshness and flavour to my dishes, embodying a farm-to-table approach. Sharing my culinary creations with others brings me immense joy, whether through hosting dinner parties, sharing recipes on my blog, or volunteering to cook for local charities. Cooking has not only become a passion but a fulfilling journey of exploration and creativity."

On her experience with WisdomCircle

"My experience with WisdomCircle has been transformative, as they not only provided me with a job opportunity with GenWise as an ambassador but also enriched my professional growth. The supportive community fostered by WisdomCircle has been invaluable, offering mentorship and guidance that have significantly contributed to my career advancement. I am grateful for the doors they have opened and the continuous support they provide, making my journey with them a truly rewarding experience."

The WisdomCircle Community

Connect, network, share and learn.

We are thrilled to introduce the WisdomCircle Community, a dedicated space on WisdomCircle designed specifically for retired professionals over 50. This new feature allows you to connect, share, and learn from one another in a supportive and enriching environment.

The WisdomCircle Community has been thoughtfully crafted with our WisGen audience in mind, ensuring it is both easy to navigate and user-friendly. Whether you’re looking to expand your network, share your wealth of experience, or gain new insights, our community is here to support you every step of the way.

The community will be available for you to join from July 8th onwards. See you there!

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How to Redeem Yourself After Failure 

Have you ever wondered how to recover after a major mistake?

"Redemption is a course correction. It applies to human life in all its glory." writes Shoba Narayan. Redemption is not just about acknowledging failure but about taking decisive steps to correct it.

Read her latest blog post on the road to redemption and learn how to navigate the journey from failure to recovery with integrity and purpose.

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The Impact of Meaningful Advice

We asked our WisGen, people who are retiring or are retired and are seeking out ways of staying engaged, “What is a piece of advice you have received or read that has impacted you and changed the way you think about or view life?

To share your articles, blogs, and other written content related to your post-retirement experience, write to us at content@wisdomcircle.com

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”. 

Mr Sonny Iqbal, in our interview with him, says, "A lesson I hold closely to is  “No one pigeonholes us better into limiting roles than we do ourselves. We operate in comfortable patterns of thoughts and actions that exist from our past”. We define an identity and wish to stay within the comfort of that. I could have stayed a hotelier had I not challenged myself to “break away and not pigeonhole myself in the comfort and success of that world”.

I have succeeded in staying relevant to my work and my family by doing new things every 4-5 years. I love my work and am proud that it is a far cry from the work I did a few years ago which was also different to the work I did a few years before that. And more importantly, others tell me that they have seen me evolving, which is most gratifying."

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Have an achievement you'd like to share with us? Write to us at engage@wisdomcircle.com.

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Careers after 40: the trick to being ‘forever employable’

Through the stories of Sumit Gosh and Shyam Sundar, WisGen placed by us, a recent article by The Ken illuminates the concept of "forever employability".  As the world of work evolves, so too do the aspirations of GenX. The article explores two points, the unwillingness to retire and a demographic reality.

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India's senior workforce: From corporate titans to entrepreneurial trailblazers

WisdomCircle and placed WisGen were recently featured in an article, "India's senior workforce: From corporate titans to entrepreneurial trailblazers", exploring the rise of experienced professionals taking on entrepreneurial ventures or second careers post-retirement. 

How has your experience with WisdomCircle been so far? Share your feedback with us. 

If you haven’t already, join our WhatsApp Announcement group to be up-to-date with new opportunities and events.

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


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