Pre-Retirement Planning Program (PRP)
“Retirement can be scary because of the unknown. These sessions helped me realize what I can do to prepare, and took away many unknowns. Of course, it also makes me realize how much I still need to do, but at least I ‘know’ what I need to do!” -- Katherine Loyd, IST Applications Programmer, PRP participant Spring 2013
Planning to retire from full time work? Are you ready? Our Pre-Retirement Planning (PRP) program guides employees through four afternoons of classes that cover everything from retirement benefits to work-life transitions.
If you would like to receive notification emails for future semesters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: "Add to PRP notify list."
Sample Course Schedule
Work Life Transitions
Welcome and Introduction, Cary Sweeney, Director, UC Berkeley Retirement Center
Emotional Readiness for Retirement, Leslie C. Bell, Ph.D., LCSW, CEAP, Employee Assistance Counselor, Care Services for Faculty and Staff, University Health Services, Tang Center
Called Back to Service at Cal and Employment Transitions Employment Program, Janet Suko, Benefits Manager, Human Resources and Linda Lundberg, Lead, Transition Services
Post Academic Employment, Angelica Stacy, Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Heather Archer, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel
Retiree Panel, Retiree Staff and Faculty Panel, Yin and Yang of Retirement
UC Retirement Benefits
Maximizing Your UC Benefits in Retirement, UC Office of the President Retirement Administrative Services Center Representative
Fidelity Investments and Your Plan, Laura Crymble, Retirement Counselor, Personal and Workplace Investing, Fidelity Investments
What Social Security Can Do For You, Angellica Yi, Social Security Administration
Financial Planning for Retirement, Certified Financial Planner TBD
Legal and Estate Planning Considerations, Sara R. Diamond, PhD, JD
Who should attend?
PRP is optimal for UCB and LBNL faculty, academics and staff planning to retire in five years, but is valuable to anyone expecting to do so in the next one-to-five years. There is no hard-and-fast rule on when an employee should start thinking about retirement planning. Most who have participated in PRP since its inception in 2002 have been 1-5 years from their retirement date.
How to Register
When PRP is open for registration, we will post an announcement on this website and send an email out via the campus HR network. If you would like receive notification emails for future semesters, please email email@example.com, subject line: "Add to PRP notify list."
As early as 1999, the Retirement Center recognized a need for a comprehensive program to assist faculty, academics and staff from UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with the process of planning for their life after full time employment. The PRP program aims to help attendees plan and implement a successful strategy for their next chapter.
Traditionally, pre-retirement planning programs emphasized the employee benefits and personal financial factors affecting one's retirement planning. Our dynamic and collaborative PRP focuses not only on these important issues, but also addresses work-life transitions, legal and estate planning concerns, and new or part-time employment.
With expert faculty, PRP modules complement and build upon each other; all modules are applicable to faculty, academics and staff. This program is free of charge to active faculty, academics and staff of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.