How Many of You Still Work?

Discussion in 'Senior Employment' started by Mal Campbell, Apr 20, 2015.

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Are you retired?

  1. Yes, finally

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  2. Yes, but not by choice

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  3. Semi-retired, still working part-time

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  4. No, and I can't wait - I'm counting the days/years

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  5. No, and I'm happy to still be working

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  1. Mal Campbell

    Mal Campbell Well-Known Member
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    Was just wondering, since we're all getting to that age, if not already there. How many of you are retired? How many still work - is it full-time or part-time? Has the economy effected you, career-wise. If you still work, what do you do, and at what age do you think you'll retire?

    I quit work years ago to raise my son, who is now 25. The ungrateful wretch moved out when he went to school and hasn't looked back since - lol. :eek: :D It sure is lonely without him. I was a computer programmer, back in the '80s, so what little I remember is completely obsolete. I've actually been thinking of getting back to work, but not sure what I can do - especially since being over 50 makes it hard to get work, especially for somebody without a college degree and not many marketable skills.

    My husband got sick about 5 years ago, and is now disabled, so he is home, too. it's nice to be "retired" at an early age (I'm 54, he's 59), but the fixed income thing is a real pain in the butt!! :confused:
     
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    I've just turned 62 and one year from now I will be entitled to start receiving a pension. I am happy to be still working, but after 40+ years of work I'm also counting the days to retirement at an age when I can enjoy it and make the most of my time. My father died at the age that I am now, so he and my mother never had the chance to enjoy retirement together.

    I am planning to do more voluntary work when I retire, as well as taking advantageof free and discounted travel for seniors. I am in good health and I intend to do a lot more physical exercise than I have time for now.

    Although I'm excited about the benefits of retirement and the security of having a regular income from my pension, I know it will be hard for me to give up my freelance work, which I enjoy and it gives me great satisfaction.
     
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    I'm retired but I'm busier now than when I worked full time. One of these days I've gotta slow down.
     
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  4. Ken Anderson

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    I'm sixty-three, and I work online, full-time for one web directory, part-time for another, and per-edit for a third, as well as doing a variety of other things online.
     
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  5. Mal Campbell

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    Ken, can you explain this further. What do you do for a web directory - I'm not even sure I know what that is? Also, what are per-edit jobs? How do find work like this - what kind of qualifications do you have?

    I would love to find some kind of work that I could do at home, online. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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  6. Ken Anderson

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    I was one of the earliest editors for the Open Directory Project, which is now DMOZ, a massive volunteer-driven web directory. Without pay, hundreds of thousands of editors around the world contributed many hours each week to the project, which continues today, although I am no longer an editor there. I later volunteered with two other large-scale web directories, one of them owned by Disney, both of which are now defunct. That i how I learned my way around the business, through many years as a volunteer. Everyone I know of who is now working, for pay, with one directory or another, began as a volunteer.

    Someone I worked with at the ODP was hired by another web directory to assemble a team of experienced editors, who would be paid per edit. I was one of those, and that is one of the jobs that I still do, as I can find the time. Through another person I had worked with at more than one directory, I was recruited to work full-time for another directory, my hours ranging from 3-50 hours per week, and I have recently begun working ten hours a week for a network of directories.
     
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    What is your definition of work for me it is doing something I don't like to do, just to get paid. Now I do more than what I did before and enjoy it so it is not work. I do a lot now if they pay me it is great if they don't it dose not matter because it is fun.
     
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  8. Ken Anderson

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    Most of my life I have done things that I enjoyed doing and, in a couple of cases, doing something that I had previously done for nothing. I began my career in EMS as a volunteer.
     
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  9. Brittany Houser

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    Sadly I work for the biggest retailer on the planet, LOL I am grateful for the work, but it's very hard, and sometimes frustrating, as I have a very strong work ethic, and I don't suffer fools or lazy people easily. I stayed home for many years and raised and home-schooled a family of 5 kids. Then divorce reared its ugly head, so I had to find gainful employment. It IS extremely difficult to get back into the workforce after 20 years, but I had a relative who helped. Now my kids are in college, and I look forward to a good and peaceful retirement with my cats. :D
     
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  10. Tom Locke

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    I took early retirement last year, partially lured by a tax-free lump sum, but largely because I was fed up with doing an increasingly pointless job for a government department. Since then, I've written two books (one published) and do various bits and pieces of writing. The money's rubbish, but the hours are great...
     
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    I retired in 2007. I was not planning it, but the economy did me in. Now, I write articles when I want to, but as soon as I have enough for the rent I stop. Fortunately, here in Thailand my rent and utilities come in at about US$160.
     
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    I receive my monthly social security check and still work as an insurance agent working with medicare and final expenses. Most of my work can be done online or still go out to meet with my clients. I do like having the choice of how I want to work.
     
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    I am still a slave to the grind, I work 40 plus hours a week and then work some more to do the things I have to do. I wish I could tell you I do it because I love it, but that would be a lie. I work because I have to, I have maybe 15 more years before I can retire. I am at that funny point for the boomers where I think I have to be 67 or 72 years old. I think a lot about retiring, I hope I can enjoy it although I have little to look forward to. Sadly I have never been fortunate enough to work a job with any sorts of benefits and struggle even now to make it. I have hope my son will care for me but I do worry about my health.

    I have doubts that there will be social security like my parents had it when I get to that point, I hope there will be something or I will be screwed. I stay at the current job because there is a bit of flexibility and I am able to get the things I need to do done without having to jump through to many hoops. There is a bit of stress in the job and a fair amount of frustration. That is a story for another time. I think about things I could do that might fund me towards these golden years, but I guess I am jaded now and just don't like the risk.
     
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    I'm only 52 and still an able-bodied employee. Although I have the option to retire, it is not practical because we can't afford for the salary I'm earning now to be cut off. My husband is 60 and he had retired although now he still works as a consultant. He loves his work and I'm glad that he enjoys working.
     
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    I'm a general manager for an Exxon Tigermart. I have been in the general management world for almost 30 years. I've been at this one for long enough that I make pretty good money. It isn't physically exhausting, I pretty much decide my hours as long as I get no less than 50 a week.
     
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    I am still working full time as a college librarian but plan to retire on June this year. I'm giving myself four months to turn over the books and all the other library materials under my care .
     
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    Yes I work full time , I'm an area manager for a worldwide International Charity organisation. It's a Job I've only been doing for the last 4 years after 20 years of being employed as a production researcher in the TV and film industry!...


    .I'm 60 years old, the work is long, hard and physically and mentally exhausting. .. unlike my previous employment this work is considerably lower paid, but I work on the behalf of people who are in desperate dire circumstances, and my reward is in raising the awareness of the needs of people at the lowest points of their lives , and ensuring they receive the most practical and emotional help for their current circumstances.
     
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    I was forced into SS Early Retirement due to not being able to find another job at age 62. I spent years working in warehousing/stockroom/shipping-receiving, however my last job was the best........a Materials Coordinator (Purchasing Assistant & Inventory Management). I was getting tired of the physical work in the warehouse areas and was very glad to get an office job, with my own computer and phone. When working in the warehouse jobs, I never had to have any kind of college degree or certificate. Luckily, the company where I was a Materials Coordinator didn't require either. After leaving that job, I came up against companies that required a college degree and certification to work in the Purchasing/Inventory area. Going back to working in warehousing was definitely out due to my age and previous surgeries (hip and shoulder). So, wife and I decided for me to start my SS Retirement.

    Now, my wife is still working and she just turned 68. But, the lady loves to work! There are a number of times that she will get bored at home, especially if on vacation during the winter. As for me, I'm always finding things to do at home.

    So, do I miss working.......nope, but may work a part-time office job sometime in the future.
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh, that's one good thing in America, people can work regardless of age as long as they are capable. My brother-in-law who came to the US at age 61 is now 64 and working in a nursing center. He is still strong and said he plans to work until he is 80. That reminds me of their uncle who retired at age 80 due to his sick wife. When the wife died, he had wanted to work again and he would have been re-hired if his position was not taken by another.
     
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    Still working at what I consider "full time". This year and last, told the firm no more than 1,000 hours. Ended up with almost 2,000 last year. Sounds like it may be that many again this year. I take a few months off and pick my job with the firm. Most of my projects will last from 8 to 12 months. This next one should start in May or June and last until June of 2017. I'll be 70 1/2 by then and that will be the last!!! I enjoy my work, other than being away from home, living out of motels. My wife enjoys my work BECAUSE I'm away from home and living our of motels!!! :>) At 70 1/2 we have to begin taking required withdraws from many of our retirement accounts anyway. We both waited until we were full retirement age... 66 1/2... to begin social security payments. That way, we can earn full salaries and not be penalized. Also, both our firms pay our medical insurance so we don't have to pay for Medicare out of our pockets... yet.
    My wife works right at 40 hours/week. She works at a large optometry practice. Born and raised in our community, she knows everyone. Her doctor retired about 5 years ago and the practice asked her to stay on as their "WalMart greeter". The have significant turnover amongst the young ladies in the office and she is a face the patients have seen for years and are comfortable with. They keep her busy with insurance billings, etc.
     
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    I'm still working, just not on a job. I work around our house and property. I stay so busy since I retired I don't know how I ever had time to have a career.
     
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    I still work although I am of retirement age. Financially, I must.
     
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    I've been retired for 10 years now. Have thought seriously about finding part time work, but feel it is too late for me to turn things around.
    So I just need to hunker down and continue to live a simple life ..:)
     
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    I have been self employed all my life in several different fields, since turning 65 I more or less retired from paid work, apart from doing odd jobs for pensioners through a national charity.
    I finally gave this up a few months ago, when I turned 74, so apart from doing various repairs and decorating around my daughters house and my own, I am free of work.
    I enjoy the freedom that retirement gives me and feel I couldn't face doing a regular job again.
    I live on my state pension, plus a modest income from another property and spend most of it on travel at the moment.
     
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    It looks like you are financially secured. That's the primary concern of retirees in the Philippines because the social security pension here is very small and if your company does not provide you with a big retirement pay then you will turn into a pauper in a few years.

    I have this notion to take up materal studies so I can teach in college when I retire 7 years from now. Not really for the financial reason but for occupation. I may have freedom when I retire from my job but I know I cannot just stay at home and grow old. And since I am not business-minded so teaching is in my agenda.
     
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