Transition Assistance - After Retirement
Career Transition Center (FSI/TC/CTC)
CTC Counselors are also available for consultations by telephone, email, snail mail, and in person: contact FSICTC@state.gov or (703) 302-7407.
Your alma mater may offer free career consultations and/or networking connections with other alums. Check with the alumni office.
Career centers at community colleges often offer excellent services to local residents for nominal fees or free. Find community colleges at: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/pages/ccfinder.aspx
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has established "One Stop Career Centers" nationwide. Some are great resources for professionals, others are just a new name for unemployment offices. Locate One Stops at: http://www.servicelocator.org.
Counselors & Coaches
The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) has a list of members whose focus is career development, as well as other areas of practice. Find a counselor through NBCC at CounselorFind.
The National Career Development Association has begun to identify Master Career Counselors (MCC). Find MCCs at: http://www.ncda.org and click on "Need a Career Counselor?"
The International Coach Federation lists coaches by specialty areas, one of which is career coaching. Find a coach through ICF at: http://www.coachfederation.org/find-a-coach/.
Coach University trains coaches and also helps individuals find coaches. Find a coach through Coach U at: http://www.findacoach.com/index.html
Online career counseling by National Certified Counselors is now available to career changers and job seekers. Find an online career counselor at: http://www.readyminds.com
Resources from GovExec.com
The National Institute of Transition Planning (NITP) lists radio shows through Federal News Radio, webinars, and other programs with a focus on retirement planning at www.nitpinc.com
Visit the National Association of Retired and Federal Employees at www.narfe.org
Retirement Services for Department of State Personnel
Department of State Office of Retirement (HR/RET) - Manages post-retirement benefits adjustments (Foreign Service) and answers complex retirement-related questions from employees and annuitants. www.RNet.state.gov or (202) 261-8980.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) - Civil Service retirements and annuitant services. www.opm.gov or email firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 606-1800.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - Information on Thrifts Savings Plan and processing of applications for TSP withdrawals. www.tsp.gov or (877) 968-3378 (toll free).
Social Security Administration (SSA) - Information on social security benefits and adjudication of application for social security benefits. www.ssa.gov or (800)772-1213.
Annuitant Employee Express - Online changes to direct deposit, allotments, Federal/State tax withholdings, home address changes. Log on to www.employeeexpress.gov after OPM mails your PIN after retirement. (478) 757-3030 for lonon problems.