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Old 06-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #41
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I didn't chicken out ....I did it!! Last day was today. Thrilled to be FIREed! So many folks were stunned that I could leave employment while so young. Yippee!
You are my hero !!! I chicken out at least twice a day. Congratulations on your freedom. I am looking forward to reading about your ER days !
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:20 PM   #42
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Thank you all! It was a bit strange to quit a high paid job, but boy I am happier already! Most of my co-workers were simply envious. I worked for a once great institution that well...isn't quite as great now. While I wasn't happy at work, I can' t complain about the place. It funded my ER while raising two children while both my husband and I worked. Now I am free to explore all of the delights of the San Francisco Bay area with my almost teenage sons. Life really has been very very good to me. Not sure when one half of a couple quits if it is really ER ? We still have a paycheck until my husband calls it quits. It really is ER for me though.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:24 AM   #43
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Thank you all! It was a bit strange to quit a high paid job, but boy I am happier already! Most of my co-workers were simply envious. I worked for a once great institution that well...isn't quite as great now. While I wasn't happy at work, I can' t complain about the place. It funded my ER while raising two children while both my husband and I worked. Now I am free to explore all of the delights of the San Francisco Bay area with my almost teenage sons. Life really has been very very good to me. Not sure when one half of a couple quits if it is really ER ? We still have a paycheck until my husband calls it quits. It really is ER for me though.
How long do you think it will be until DH is able to join the ER ranks? My DW will be able to ER in about 4 years, I am "hoping" to bail at the same time but I have not hit my target number yet. I am about 4 years older than she is.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #44
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Congratulations!
For me it will be end of Sept, for DH end of August.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:53 AM   #45
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DH can leave now, but he just isn't ready to. He is thinking about Dec 2013, Feb 2014 or most likely June 2014.
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Congratulations! But here's my observation on one's tolerance for BS. It declines with age and amount of BS tolerated. However, if you think you cannot stand anymore now, after you've been "out" for a year or two, imagine returning to it. Things I put up with with a mere shrug a few years ago make me wonder now how on earth did I ever put up with that!

I think that's a message for those who want out but are not really QUITE there; if you plan on returning to your old career if things get slim, you may find it more than distasteful.

Meanwhile, it's a beautiful day here, took the hounds for a 2 mile walk around a lake in some unusually crisp weather, am preparing to take DW out for lunch. As my hat says, Life is Good.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:20 AM   #47
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Congratulations! But here's my observation on one's tolerance for BS. It declines with age and amount of BS tolerated. However, if you think you cannot stand anymore now, after you've been "out" for a year or two, imagine returning to it. Things I put up with with a mere shrug a few years ago make me wonder now how on earth did I ever put up with that!

I think that's a message for those who want out but are not really QUITE there; if you plan on returning to your old career if things get slim, you may find it more than distasteful.

Meanwhile, it's a beautiful day here, took the hounds for a 2 mile walk around a lake in some unusually crisp weather, am preparing to take DW out for lunch. As my hat says, Life is Good.

Good observation H2O dude. I was very unusual in that I worked for the same organization for 29 years. I've often wondered if there was always this much BS and I didn't see it when I was young. In reality, I think that both are true--the organization has more BS and I have less tolerance for it. Good that I could leave.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:34 AM   #48
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Congratulations! But here's my observation on one's tolerance for BS. It declines with age and amount of BS tolerated. However, if you think you cannot stand anymore now, after you've been "out" for a year or two, imagine returning to it. Things I put up with with a mere shrug a few years ago make me wonder now how on earth did I ever put up with that!

I think that's a message for those who want out but are not really QUITE there; if you plan on returning to your old career if things get slim, you may find it more than distateful.
I agree. I am more aware than ever of the BS associated with w*rk and wonder how I put up with it for so long. Not just administrative BS, but exhaustion, being responsible for things you can't control, the stress associated with avoiding errors, and the potential consequences of errors. I was reminded of this when reading an incident report recently. It happened far away and I was not involved, but I can easily imagine making those mistakes. It sent chills down my spine. Today I received a message from a professional association inviting me to submit my application to be screened as a volunteer for some onerous academic tasks associated with next year's annual meeting. Not!
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:59 AM   #49
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I'm there now. I have 6 months to go and my boss has turned against me and just thinking of the further bs I have to put up with makes me sick. But I won't let her cause an even earlier departure. I'll just smile through it!
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@linny, thanks for sharing....I too have 6 months and was planning to tell my boss Monday....think I'll do it at 3 months. Congratulations just walk away!
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Cassie, I made the mistake of telling her 9 months in advance! I'm a manager and budget planning for next year was coming up so I thought I'd be responsible... Nope, she sees me as already gone. She also told me to stop being so gleeful! Cant wait to never see her face again.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:13 PM   #52
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Cassie, I made the mistake of telling her 9 months in advance! I'm a manager and budget planning for next year was coming up so I thought I'd be responsible... Nope, she sees me as already gone. She also told me to stop being so gleeful! Cant wait to never see her face again.
That's sad that some people take their personal issues out on their employees. She's probably just envious, and realized she has ignored retirement planning.

I reviewed all of Megacorps policies and they had nothing on how much notice was required for retirement. They had nothing, chatted with retirement group, they confirmed that. Suggested I chat with the VP. I did when I gave him my written notice(2.5 weeks), I have to say he was great about it, but my direct managers first words were "I'm envious of you", the reason I gave such short notice.

I'm happy I did it that way, I was afraid of the type of reaction your getting. The time will pass, and when you're gone you can laugh about it!

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Old 06-20-2013, 04:38 PM   #53
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Congrats!! I could not give 2.5 weeks notice - as a manager I would need to give at least 3 months, 9 months was my stupidity and excitement.

Honestly she is just a nasty piece of work - her retirement will be in the $100k area annually so she sure isn't jealous me!
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #54
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Long time lurker here and first post.
Last day is next Thursday 6/27.
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Welcome to the "other side" Bogo! You wait till a week before pulling the trigger to post! I guess being a lurker got all of your questions answered.
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Long time lurker here and first post.
Last day is next Thursday 6/27.
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35 year job anniversary yesterday.
Wow - thought I was kind of a lurker - but you are at a professional level ... 2009 and your first post.

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Bogo - congrats!
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