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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    22.2%
  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. Teresita Campaner

    Teresita Campaner Active Member
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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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  2. Holly Saunders

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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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  3. Cody Fousnaugh

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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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  4. Corie Henson

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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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  5. Will Lawrence

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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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  6. Sheldon Scott

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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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  7. Ruby Begonia

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    I still work although I am of retirement age. Financially, I must.
     
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  8. Bonnie Thomas

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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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  9. Terry Page

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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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  10. Corie Henson

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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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  11. Arlene Richards

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    I had some medical issues and retired at 57. I’m now 65 and have had several surgeries, and aside from no longer driving I’m doing okay healthwise. A few years ago there was a job at a very upscale independent living facility in my neighborhood that would have been ideal for me – clerical, low-stress, part-time. I applied, but long to short they decided to do some internal shuffling and it didn’t pan out. I would have taken it and the extra money would have been nice. Oh, well.
     
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  12. Chrissy Cross

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    I don't work and never really did except for few jobs here and there. My husband always liked to say that my whole life is a vacation when I would mention a trip. He was only kidding of course, what sane man would say that seriously to someone who cooked him delicious full course home made dinners. :)

    @Holly Saunders , your previous job doing the research for TV sounds very interesting...was it?
     
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  13. Holly Saunders

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    LOL...my husband gets delicious home cooked dinners...but he's always kicked my ass to work as well...I shoulda found a richer man shouldn't I? ;):D


    Yes, my job was very interesting met and worked with many very well known names some of whom have become personal life long friends.. It's not something I speak about on forums usually., some people get a little irritated .My o/h has worked in TV and film production all his life ...not as a researcher I hasten to add...:)
     
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  14. Chrissy Cross

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    Sounds fun! I wouldn't get irritated if you talked about it, I find it fascinating especially since I don't know anyone famous. :)
     
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  15. Bobby Cole

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    Hmmmm dunno. I work at making my coffee in the morning and work at whatever work I want to do during the day.
    When I am not doing odd jobs around the house I am doing odd jobs around the neighborhood. And when I am not doing the odd jobs I work at studying whatever I am studying.

    Three or four days a week I go to the gym with my wife and work at working out which could be in reality working in because the gym is indoors. When I go to bed at night I know I work because my wife assures me that I snore but she works at ignoring that particular idiosyncrasy about me.

    Employed? No, unless you consider the honey-do's which always come with some kind of reward so I could say that yes, I am gainfully employed and probably will be until they retire this gentleman under a pile of dirt.
    Hence, the above gives good reasoning behind not addressing the poll. Or, I guess I could have just put a check on each one and confused everyone the same as I always am.
     
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