As an educator, you have many things to worry about—the well-being of your students, communicating with parents, grading school work, taking care of your own family, etc.—so planning for your own retirement is most likely low on your list of priorities. However, in a recent webinar presented by Scholastic and Comcast Business, 4 Important Retirement Planning Strategies for Educators, Matt Drummond, head of 403(b)/457 sales and business development at AXA, emphasizes the importance of getting an early start on retirement planning and offers his advice on how to make your retirement goals a reality.
The first step to understanding where you stand in your retirement planning is to know whether or not your pension will be enough. In order to receive a pension, educators must work for a certain number of years within a given system, so it’s crucial to understand the details of this system and where you stand within it. Less than half of the nation’s teachers vest fully in state systems, and only 30% of new teachers will stay in a retirement system long enough to receive full benefits, despite decades of work. Regardless of the number of years you’ve been working, it’s important to get a full understanding of your pension system so that you can accurately plan for your future.
Once you gain a good sense for how your pension works, the next step is to develop a sustainable plan for predicting the cost of your retirement and saving enough funds to meet your needs. Here are four steps for creating a plan that will help position you for a successful retirement:
While retirement planning is generally an afterthought for many in the education system, it’s important to get a head start in understanding the how to plan for the future. Whether you’re just starting your career as a teacher or you’re lining things up for your retirement in a few years, it’s never too early to start planning for the retirement you deserve.
To learn more about planning for your retirement, watch the full webinar here.
Learn the importance of getting an early start on retirement planning and offers his advice on how to make your retirement goals a reality.