We are putting together a list of useful resources, information and advice to help you create a life that energises and fulfils you. We have a more extensive list of resources, as well as further reading, planning templates and activities in Silver Mirror, our online transition programme and e-workbook

We'd love to hear what resources you've found useful, please email jake@fulltimelives.com.


How ready are you for life after full-time work? Fill out our quick quiz and gain insight into which areas of your life might benefit from more work as you plan your transition.

Want a fulfilling, exciting and happy life after full-time work? Well our Full Time Living Innovation Canvas is a planning tool which can help you decide what's important to you in your life.

The 100 Year Life, by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott (a psychologist and economist) is a comprehensive book for both people and business leaders wanting to prepare for a new world where we are living fitter, healthier and longer lives. 

This retirement planning checklist from the Queensland Government is useful if you're thinking about leaving full time work. While we know many people don't plan to 'retire' there's still some useful information in there to help you plan and think about the next stage of your life.


University of the Third Age (U3A) is a global, voluntary organisation which runs a series of courses, mainly for older people, most of them face-to-face.

The School of Life is a global organisation (with a branch in Australia) which runs courses, events and workshops aimed at increasing your emotional intelligence through the use of culture.

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are free short courses, studied online, which have exploded in popularity in the last five years and now there are many different providers offering a very wide range of free online courses, all of them free. Many of the world’s top universities are involved and the two top providers are Coursera and EdX.


At Full Time Lives we're big fans of the Japanese concept of ikigai which encompasses what you are good at, what you are passionate about and what the world needs and values. Taken together they give your life purpose. There are many ikigai resources, but this book by Francesc Miralles and Héctor Garcíais is particularly good.

Volunteering. Many people find purpose through helping others and in particular through volunteering. We put together a guide to finding the right volunteer role in mid 2018 after we heard from a lot of people that it was difficult finding a role that suited them. Volunteering Australia is the peak Australian national body for volunteering. It also runs this volunteering platform called Go Volunteer where you can find skilled and unskilled volunteer opportunities. 


As you transition away from your full-time job, replacing your work community with another community based around shared interests or passions or geographical proximity is very important.

Nothing beats having close friends that live nearby and feeling close to your local community. The Street by Street Project offers help, advice and easy-to-follow kits for you to form a neighbourhood group and meet people within a five minute walk of you.

As well as exploring your local area, online communities like Meetup (also check out the Full Time Lives meetup) and Stitch can be a great place to start. 

voices on Ageing in australia

Council of the Ageing (COTA) represents the rights and views of people over 50 in Australia. You can join COTA in your state, have your say and get access to a range of benefits.

National Seniors aims to be a voice for older Australians, helping them to navigate the second half of their lives. You can join over 130,000 other members and follow its news, campaigns and research.

The Australian Human Rights Commission and its Age Discrimination Commissioner act against age discrimination in Australia and promote the rights of older Australians.


A thorough financial guide to retirement from the Australian Government which gives detailed advice and information on how much money you might need to retire as well as superannuation and pension entitlements.

IncomeConnection is a new business which helps connect you to a range of alternative sources of income including passive income you can earn by renting out unused space or assets in the sharing economy.