Because of Longevity There’s Space For a Whole New Worklife Chapter 

How to Establish Yourself in a Way That’s Meaningful to You

Resources to help you self-direct your WorkLife learning
Learning Resources From School of WorkLife. Resources to help you self-direct your WorkLife learning.

Is It Ever Too Late For Your Next WorkLife Chapter?

Well, no, I don’t think so, and recently, I began work with John, who Is 64. John wanted to consider his next WorkLife move.

John’s WorkLife began in the forces where he was an engineer before moving into production management in the computer industry. From there, he moved into design and manufacturing in the telecoms industry, then on to operations director in the pharmaceutical industry before moving into consultancy work in the tobacco industry.

His work took him all over the world, and along the way, he undertook various pieces of research and development and also worked closely with HR departments delivering training and development.

Then he decided to retire and move to the South of France, but a few months and many gastronomic delights later, John was beginning to become a little bored and wondered if he had retired just a little too early.

Not one to sit on his laurels, he undertook a building development project which led to another and before he knew it, he was sourcing French properties for folks back in the UK and project managing the development work.

So as you can appreciate, John is a man of many talents. When we began our work together, he wanted to figure out what he wanted to do that would fit into semi-retirement — keep him mentally stimulated but also give him the scope to do nothing if he chose to. Nothing other than developing his appreciation for fine wines, fine food and fine art, that is, oh and learning to speak French and playing boules.

This was no ordinary job search campaign, and we soon agreed his best plan of action was to connect with people he’d met throughout his WorkLife, just by way of catching up for a coffee or beer and having a chat about things in general.

Well, no sooner did he do this than when an opportunity arose for him to deliver some very specialist consultancy training work.  He would be required to Train the Trainers – the Consultancy Firm’s consultants for this specific field-based work.

He’s now established himself as the person they come to when they bring new consultants on board, and he’s also been asked to be a Non-Executive Director supporting the development of talent with a commitment of one day a month over ten months of the year.

Un coup de chance? (a stroke of good luck?) — Maybe a little luck, but I’ve come to learn the better we are, the luckier we become! And John is top of the game in terms of being good.

So, it’s never too late to begin the next chapter of your WorkLife, and a lot of employers will value the wealth of skills and experience you will bring to the organisation.

The stories I write are based on real WorkLife challenges, obstacles and successes. In some stories, I share my own experiences, and with permission, stories of people I’ve worked with, whose names have been changed to protect their anonymity. Other persons and companies portrayed in the stories are not based on real people or entities.

John’s story was featured in How To Start Something New In Difficult Times which is part of the School of WorkLife Book Series



This story was originally published on 27/6/21. I needed to republish it to add updates and also to tell you 

… The Continuing Story …

The pandemic brought about a change in my WorkLife from delivering in-person individual coaching sessions and group workshops to creating resources to help people self direct their WorkLife learning.

In the last three years, I’ve published 30 books and over 200 stories.

Each book and each story is based on real life struggles and successes that people have encountered in their WorkLife. They also detail the exercises that helped navigate through these situations, which are set as assignments for readers to adapt to their WorkLife situations and learning needs.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

My inspiration for creating my work comes from a lifelong passion for learning. My work has taught me that the one thing in life that can never be taken away from you is your learning. 

School of WorkLife Guiding Statement: To create resources that are helpful, insightful and inspiring in helping people to pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, purpose, passion and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes and resources that are accessible to everyone.

The resources I create will help you take ownership of self directing your learning in your own space and in your own time.


School of WorkLife helps you self-direct your WorkLife learning through resources that have been created to help you to take ownership of your learning in your own space and in your own time. 

What is Self Directed Learning? 

Self-Directed Learning is when an individual is motivated to take the initiative and responsibility on decisions related to their own learning. It is a series of independent actions and judgements free from external control and constraint. 

Resources to Help You Self-Direct Your Learning 

You may find the books below from The School of WorkLife Book Series helpful in meeting your learning needs as a self directed learner. Tap the book title to see a preview of what’s inside each book.

How To Plan Effectively: Professionally and Personally  

How To Self-Coach, Direct and Lead Effectively  

How To Build Your WorkLife Around What Engages and Inspires You

Tap The School of WorkLife Book Series to view the complete collection of books. From here, you can tap on each individual title to see a preview of what’s inside each book.

Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning
Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning

Founder of School of WorkLife, Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning.  These include a Collection of Books which originated from her first book, Your WorkLife Your Way and a  Learn Through Reading Series of Case Studies.  which originated from her latest book WorkLife Book Club. 

That’s the power of writing (and reading, which is an integral part of the craft for writers). It helps you find, develop and tell the right story at the right time in all WorkLife situations – in day-to-day communication: WorkLife and feedback conversations, presentations, talks, and negotiations, at interviews, and when socialising and networking in building and maintaining good relationships. The practice of writing helps you to tell the stories that express who you are in an interesting and engaging way.

Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of WorkLife Book Club, Your WorkLife Your Way and The School of WorkLife book series. Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning. Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.