Wisdom Edit, May 2024

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Exciting news! In June we will be launching our very own WisdomCircle community. In this new community, we hope to bring together seasoned professionals, retirees, and lifelong learners to connect, share, and thrive together. If you would like to join early and be a founding member before we open it everyone, sign up for our session on June 10 from 4 to 4:45 PM IST. 

In this edition, our community members share their experience of finding meaning, engagement and productivity after leaving their ‘primary career’. We also spotlight Mr. Munish Sharma, a retired veteran, who was recently placed as an Ambassador at GenWise. As always, we have new and actively hiring opportunities and exciting events for you to check out.

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The Association for People With Disability, India is looking for:

  • Soft Skills Trainer to design and deliver training programs on communication, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, time management, and conflict resolution.
  • Head - Technology to to align IT strategies with organisation goals, manage IT infrastructure, ensure system security, and lead the IT team.
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The Akanksha Foundation is looking for Volunteers across schools in Mumbai and Pune to assist with school activities, teacher tasks, cultural pursuits, and digital literacy skills development.

Mumbai Schools:

Pune Schools:

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GenWise is looking for GenWise Ambassadors to promote its platform among seniors, with responsibilities including building awareness, utilising methods such as word-of-mouth referrals, social media promotions, community meet-ups, and partnerships with senior citizen organisations to increase user base.

 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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The Benefits of a Second Career Post-Retirement

Retirement opens doors to new possibilities. Explore the fulfilling world of a second career in our session with Mr Sitharaam Jayakumar. Gain valuable insights from his journey, learn strategies for finding the right path, and discover the mental enrichment a passionate pursuit can bring.

Thursday May 23 | 4 to 5 PM IST 

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Giving Back to Society with The Akanksha Foundation

Join us for a session with The Akanksha Foundation to learn more about them, their work, and the impact volunteers have had on classrooms in India. In the session, you will also get the opportunity to learn about volunteer roles with The Akanksha Foundation on WisdomCircle’s platform. 

Thursday, 30 May | 4 PM 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! 

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About Munish Sharma

“A retired Indian Air Force officer with 35 years of distinguished service, my career has been marked by a commitment to excellence, strategic thinking, and innovative problem-solving. I have honed my skills in managing complex operations, optimising financial resources, and leveraging technology to enhance efficiency. My experience has equipped me with a unique blend of leadership, technical expertise, and financial acumen, enabling me to contribute effectively to any organisation. Beyond professional endeavours, I remain deeply committed to social service, embodying the values of integrity, compassion, and community engagement. As a trusted financial advisor and philanthropist, I continue to make a meaningful impact, bridging the worlds of finance and social responsibility.”

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

“Looking back, I would tell my younger self to start preparing for retirement early. Prioritise financial planning by investing in diverse and reliable avenues, ensuring a robust safety net for the future. Embrace lifelong learning to stay adaptable and relevant in a rapidly changing world. Develop a strong network of professional and personal connections, as they can offer support and opportunities in retirement. Focus on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, making time for hobbies and activities that bring joy and fulfilment. Lastly, cultivate a mindset of gratitude and flexibility, ready to embrace the next chapter with optimism and resilience.”

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

“I am an AMFI registered Mutual Fund Distributor and IRDA registered Insurance Advisor. I help people by aiding in their investment journey. I love leveraging my extensive experience to mentor and guide others. I enjoy sharing my knowledge through consulting, workshops, and speaking engagements, helping individuals and organisations optimise their operations and achieve their goals.

In my leisure time, I indulge in my love for golf, exploring new technologies, and staying updated with the latest trends. I also value spending quality time with family and friends, travelling to new places, and engaging in community service activities.”

On his experience with WisdomCircle

“My experience with WisdomCircle has been immensely rewarding. Joining this platform has allowed me to explore the opportunities to participate in various mentoring and consulting projects, leveraging my background to help others navigate their professional journeys. I have found great satisfaction in contributing to meaningful projects while also gaining fresh perspectives enriching my post-retirement life, and providing both intellectual stimulation and a sense of purpose.”

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Connection—It’s What Makes Us Human, and Happy

Connection is what defines us as humans and it is one thing that exponentially increases our happiness." writes Shoba Narayan. 

Nurturing meaningful connections becomes crucial for well-being in retirement. In the blog, she discusses the power of "micro-connections" - small gestures like greeting neighbours or sharing a laugh. These moments create bonds that boost happiness and combat isolation.

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A Guide to Meaningful Post-Retirement Engagement

We asked our WisGen, people who are retiring or are retired and are seeking out ways of staying engaged, “What are some effective strategies for people or those leaving their primary career to find new sources of meaning, engagement and productivity? " 

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”. 

In our interview with Mr Sudhir Dhawan, CEO of Aether Engineering Solutions, he said, "Today, I am as eager to give my time and energy to my work as I have always been. My message to the Wisdom Generation is to remain active by working and learning. I am motivated by doing new things, especially those that may be out of my domain."

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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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From Corporate Leader to Social Entrepreneur

Dignity Dialogue, India’s leading magazine for senior citizens, features Sumit Ghosh. Sumit is the Founding Director and Chief Mentor for Sankalp Micro Association. Read the full feature to learn about Sumit's remarkable journey that is a testament to the fact that retirement can be a time of new beginnings, personal growth and meaningful contributions to society. 

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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