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
- The AARP website offers career information at http://www.aarp.org/money/careers.
Resources from GovExec.com
- Subscribe to GovExec e-mail "Planning for Retirement" newsletters (Scroll to Government Career / Click on Retirement Planning) - www.govexec.com/newsletters
- Read the weekly retirement planning article by Tammy Flanagan at www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/retirement-planning
- 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.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - Information on Thrifts Savings Plan and processing of applications for TSP withdrawals. www.tsp.gov or (877) 968-3778 (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.