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Old 04-01-2016, 02:57 PM   #21
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I worked in a corporate job where I was on call for decades of my 35 year career.

I got to the point where I was afraid to LOOK at the phone, afraid that would make it ring.

The on-call component was the WORST part of that job...and the sooner YOU can get away from that demand, the whole lot better you will feel.

I was a supervisor too. That meant not only was I on call, but I could call people out. I knew as I was dialing they HATED to see my name on their caller ID, which really makes you feel good......and their voices as they answered, realizing they'd have to come in to work, many times in REALLY inclement weather, well...it s*cked.

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Old 04-01-2016, 04:56 PM   #22
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I don't even know if PT would be something that my Megacorp would accept. I think it was just an emotional crutch for me to not go cold turkey. I've gotten over that now. Last September I was at the Grand Canyon, about to start down the South Kaibob trail, and a crisis developed at work. That took 2-3 hours out of my hike, and added anxiety to my vacation. The sooner that possibility is off the table, the better.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:06 PM   #23
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2nd update. I gave 8 months notice today. It gives them time to figure out how to cover my workload before the next budget cycle starts. I was thanked for the time. My expertise is unusual and it is really hard to find experience in it, so a new person may need to be trained. Also, I have some people that I work with closely that are friends and I would not want my departure to make their job harder. I told a few close people my news. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for it to get out on the grapevine.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:16 PM   #24
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I worked in a corporate job where I was on call for decades of my 35 year career.

I got to the point where I was afraid to LOOK at the phone, afraid that would make it ring.

The on-call component was the WORST part of that job...and the sooner YOU can get away from that demand, the whole lot better you will feel.

I was a supervisor too. That meant not only was I on call, but I could call people out. I knew as I was dialing they HATED to see my name on their caller ID, which really makes you feel good......and their voices as they answered, realizing they'd have to come in to work, many times in REALLY inclement weather, well...it s*cked.

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Wow, that is exactly what I could state about my carrier. More over once on a night emergency call in (I think it was 3rd call during that eve/night) I injured myself badly and 7.5 hours surgery followed. With 24/7 plant operation, company "did not have enough funds" to hire technicians for weekend coverage and had only one tech for weekdays night shift to cover 3 manufacturing buildings.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:41 PM   #25
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Congrats, DrRoy! Glad that the stress of wondering how everyone would react is over. Now you can start crossing days off the calendar!
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:04 PM   #27
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I also have a very firm intention of seeing if I could go to a 3 day work week with 6 months to go. It would give me time to build up activities for RE.
I've actually been doing that myself for the last year and a half. Only reason I'm staying for now is that I enjoy it (sort of like a well paid hobby) plus my spouse is also still working part time for the same reason. Probably quit for good within a year or two, though.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:53 PM   #29
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2nd update. I gave 8 months notice today. It gives them time to figure out how to cover my workload before the next budget cycle starts. I was thanked for the time. My expertise is unusual and it is really hard to find experience in it, so a new person may need to be trained. Also, I have some people that I work with closely that are friends and I would not want my departure to make their job harder. I told a few close people my news. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for it to get out on the grapevine.

Nice...congratulations on pulling the plug. I'm struggling with one more year syndrome at the moment.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:06 PM   #30
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Congrats

IMO once you have $n+1 where n is the amount you need to retire comfortably there is no need to work any more. That said with children you might want to leave them a bigger nest egg. I have a friend who is an exec at a company and he has WAY more money than he will likely need. But he likes what he does and they keep throwing stupid amounts of money and stock at him so it's hard for him to walk away. It is easy for me to say that I wouldn't take it but then again no one has ever offered me a million dollars to work 1 year :P
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:46 PM   #31
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Congrats, DrRoy! Glad that the stress of wondering how everyone would react is over. Now you can start crossing days off the calendar!
I've been counting the months since April. One thing my manager asked is would I continue running the training classes that I do. I said I'll think about it.
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I've been counting the months since April. One thing my manager asked is would I continue running the training classes that I do. I said I'll think about it.
Congrats glad thing went so well, as you must know they dont always, could have been perp walked out of building.
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