Transfer knowledge. In the months leading up to your retirement, think about all the processes and essential documentation you use to do your job. Write down any information specific to your position that is in your head and not documented. Create a checklist or spreadsheet with the tasks applicable to your position. Include any specific files or processes required to complete your regular tasks. You may not be required to train someone to do your specific job, but everything you do will need to be continued. Leave proper instructions, reference materials and resource information on a shared hard drive and distribute the location to your colleagues. Your coworkers will appreciate the effort long after you’re gone.
Publish. During a long and illustrious career, you’ve spent countless hours developing your expertise and knowledge. Certain discoveries may be worth sharing with the world. By publishing what you’ve learned, you can leave an enduring mark on your profession. Self-publishing a book is a popular choice for sharing knowledge because you can avoid the gatekeepers of the traditional publishing process. If there isn’t a large market for your book idea, publishers might hesitate to take on the project. But that doesn’t mean your book idea won’t help and influence people in your field.