Career change checklist
The good thing about following your passion in a new career at midlife: your wisdom of experience gives you an advantage. You know enough to control the things you can during your transition from your old job to the job of your dreams.
Make a budget for your life today. Plan for your future retirement. Our tools can help you do both.
Tell us a few things about yourself.
Here's where things stand today:
If married, enter age of oldest partner or first expected to retire. Age determines when full Social Security retirement benefits are available.
my annual income
Enter your current yearly salary before taxes. If you are married and your partner receives a salary, enter the combined value of both annual incomes.
and I have
Enter an amount between $0 and $10,000,000 for the current dollar value of your assets. If married, enter your combined savings amounts. Pretax or tax-exempt savings includes anything held in tax-advantaged retirement accounts (IRAs, 401(k)s and 403(b)s, variable and fixed annuities, etc.). Taxable investments to be used for retirement income may include stocks, taxable bonds, mutual funds, savings accounts, etc. See the assumptions and definitions page for more details.
(pretax or tax-exempt) and
See retirement calculator assumptions and definitions.
Each month, I plan to save:
Enter an amount between $0 and $10,000,000 for the current value of all pretax and taxable investments. If married, enter your combined savings amounts.
Traditional and Roth 401(k)s, 403(b)s, IRAs, etc.
Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, savings accounts, etc.
That’s 10% of my monthly income.
How much will I need to retire?
The calculator assumes you will need 80% of the salary you make in the year prior to reaching retirement age. Social Security retirement benefits contribute 40% of last salary year, not to exceed $34,332 per person or married couple. See the assumptions and definitions page for more details.
See how your projected savings compare
with potential income needs in retirement.
My retirement goal:
My potential nest egg:
1 Source: "Policy Basics: Top Ten Facts About Social Security," Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, August 2020.
2 Source: "Retirement Confidence Survey," Employee Benefits Research Institute/Greenwald, 2020.
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Important questions to consider
Whether you are collaborating with a financial professional or figuring out your own finances, these questions can help get you started.
What is the best way to manage my money during a career transition?
Will a change in employee benefits impact my long-term goals?
Should I maintain both a 401(k) and IRA?
The value of guidance
A financial professional can work with you to define your goals and create a plan to help make them a reality. From establishing a budget to selecting investments to riding out market shifts, a financial professional can help you make decisions based on your specific situation.
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