Living and working in the age of longevity

  • Life expectancy is increasing across the globe by almost two years for every decade we live.
  • How do you respond to idea of living to one hundred?
  • How will these changing demographics impact your career and your workplace?

Businessman sitting in front of cake with 100 candle on top

‘What will your 100-year life look like?'1

We are living longer and global advances in health have delivered increases in average life expectancy across the globe by almost two years for every decade we live. Current projections of some first world countries (like Japan) have a child born in 2007 having a 50 per cent chance of living to 105! Already we have examples of the longevity with the French woman Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who lived to the age of 122 years. But a longer life is not the only consideration as we need to also factor in the quality of that longer life.

So how are our lives likely to change as we live longer? According to Lynda Gratton from London Business School life’s three stages of: full-time work and full-time retirement is likely to be redesigned and reflect a multistage life with less defined periods.

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