The 100 year life – drawing inspiration from older people
In this researcher blog post, Claire Craig reflects on the changing model of life stages:
In their book, ‘the 100 year Life’ Gratton and Scott (2016) suggested that the three stage life (birth/education/work/retirement) would be replaced by a multi-stage life characterised by a range of transitions where individuals would engage in education/retraining/work/further education and skills development. In this dynamic model, building intangible assets of skills and knowledge were seen as key.
During our visit to Australia we have been seeking out older people who have been following this multi-stage trajectory to build understanding of factors that have supported these transitions. Monica Andrew from Canberra is one such individual we have encountered and who will be contributing to our research. After a successful career, Monica completed a Masters degree and following retirement has now embarked on a PhD. She does this in parallel to establishing and facilitating a community repair café.
Helen interviewed Monica and will make a mini documentary about her story – Helen was subsequently invited to the Embroiderers Guild in Canberra where she continued conversations with people whilst learning the art of embroidering.
Monica will feature as one of our 100 year life portraits. Watch this space.