Économie et Statistique n° 393-394 - Life Story survey
Identity during retirement
For the majority of retired people, retiring from work seems to have been a good experience. Two in three retired people believe that they retired at the right time, and one in ten would even have retired earlier. The majority of them consider their transition to retirement as being neither good nor bad and almost 40% believe that their retirement was a positive time in their life. Retiring completely from professional life does not prevent people from finding a new place in society. For the majority of these retired people, their professional identity fades: retirement in itself has its own meaning, so therefore seven out of ten retired people actually feel retired, with three quarters of them no longer using their previous profession to define themselves today. The fact that they worked for 36 years of their life on average links them to the world of work, which partially explains why retired people do not think of themselves as constituting a specific social class: they still refer to their profession when talking about social class, in the same way as the active population.