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Old 11-25-2004, 02:52 PM   #21
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Over 33 years on the job. An engineer by initial training but mostly in management for last 20 years on major engineering projects. Initially on nuclear power plant projects in Canada and then major oil and gas projects in the oil industry throughout the world.

Currently an ex-pat in Houston and initially counted down the days to eligible discounted (DB plan) early retirement. But once there, attitude to get out as quickly as possible has been replaced with the idea that I can leave whenever I want to and am FI to do so at any time. As a result, I am now having more fun on the job and take it much less seriously. :-/

That could last for another year or two before wife and I decide what it is we want to do in retirement but as I told my boss.... whenever the fun factor curve crosses the p*ss off factor curve, I am out of here.
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:16 PM   #22
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Me - 5 years as a Civil Engineer in design and on Site, followed by post-grad then into management, currently Contract/Commercial Manager for large Civil Engineering Projects.

SWMBO - 10 years as a CorpFin Lawyer, opted out after our daughter's birth earlier this year and is now in Corporate Training and Development.

On the side, a small(ish) property and real estate business.
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:37 PM   #23
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I was a vocational counselor for 28 years - retired about 6 months ago at age 51. I helped people with severe disabilities who wanted to work and live economically productive lives - helped set up small businesses, provided career counseling, job placement - that sort of thing. I worked in/with schools, universities, and hospitals, and collaborated with employers, physicians, teachers, etc. The pay wasn't what most here would consider good, but it provided a great deal of satisfaction, terrific work hours, and an enduring sense of gratitude for what I have.

Management changed, the job turned to crap, and after about 3-4 years under the new regime, I bailed. Now life couldn't be better!

Also did a stint as a writer on the side. Did some magazine/newspaper articles and got a book published which did pretty well. That all lasted about 5 years and I may pick it up again. It is definitely work though, so I may not.
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Old 11-25-2004, 04:49 PM   #24
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No porters or shoe shinners interested in ER?

How about government or city workers who receive good pensions after 20 or 30 years.
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Old 11-26-2004, 06:27 AM   #26
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I'm only 3/4 time retired today. I work up to 1/4 time for a small start-up. I don't need the minimal pay, but I do enjoy putting a company together.
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I'm really surprised that I am the only financial industry type here. My compatriots can usually do the math, and long hours are endemic to the field.
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Old 11-26-2004, 06:53 AM   #28
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Sounds like I'm one the few non-engineer types.
Still working as a television producer/writer/production department manager (27 years and counting).
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Old 11-26-2004, 07:08 AM   #29
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Registered Nurse for 26yrs and counting, labor & delivery. Slipped into middle management for a few years but the piss-off factor was way too high. Too many co-dependents in one place! Tried a few sales/marketing healthcare things but always returned to the bedside which I really enjoyed until about 3 years ago. Relit my fire for FIRE which had been started when the kids were born and I reevaluated how I wanted to spend my time. I may never be able to retire early but hopefully someday will be able to retire. Bob_Smith is my hero

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Old 11-26-2004, 07:16 AM   #30
 
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Most of my closest friends are still working, and they own their own businesses which gives them some
ability to cut back gradually. The odd thing is that
if I ever ask them about retirement (they are all my age or older) I never get a straight answer. I don't think
they have really considered it very much, and I don't know anyone personally who actually retired early
(except for my ex., but she's back working now)

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Old 11-26-2004, 09:53 AM   #31
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Hi everyone. Count one more for the healthcare profession. I am an audiologist and working part time.
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Old 11-27-2004, 10:42 AM   #32
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This is really interesting. *So far it's a small sample but there sure are a lot of engineering/software types here. Is there something about the demands of this type of profession that makes ER so attractive? BTW I also fit in loosely with this group. No doubt the decent incomes that go with these occupations don't hurt either.
The "decent income" for sure doesn't hurt. It can make it possible to retire early if one wishes though many spend it on current consumption. There are at least a few reasons that there might be a preponderance of software/engineering types but there is also the possibility that because this is a discussion board on the internet that you are going to get more technically savvy people (ok "geeks").

The possible real reason is the intense pace of the software industry. The hours can be brutal. There is also real need to learn new tools and techniques on a very short cycle. This requires a lot of work (often outside of work to keep up) that gets harder as one gets older. There is also an age bias in the computer industry - yes I understand that there is one across the board but in the computer industry that age bias point can be as young as 40.

Another factor is that while the tools keep changing the underlying problems are not much different. That means that for the most part you are constantly re-doing the same thing over and over again just in slightly different wrappers with different tools. A lot of the people in this industry are quite intelligent and so grow board of this treadmill of sameness. That is a big incentive to get out (FIRE) and spend your time doing what you want.
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Another Cobol software/developer/analyst. I work in National Healthcare for one of the big companies.
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... how many COBOL programmers are still alive. Were any of you Grace Hopper's co-workers?
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one more notch for engineering/science.
My area was more physics/chemistry for new product development. It's amazing how management can make such a cool job unbearable.

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Old 11-27-2004, 11:44 PM   #36
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Worked for a couple of hearing aid manufacturers as a salesrep/manager and traveled all over the US.
Sold real estate in California for 15 years.
While surfing the net in 1995 while there were only news groups and no websites, I volunteered as a translator for the Bosnian Peacekeeping Mission for a year...nine years ago. Got into management, traveled all over Europe, got out of debt, saved some money and have a few pension plans. If I can survive with the company for one more year , then I can draw early retirement and nevr have to work for anyone else ever agin.

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... how many COBOL programmers are still alive. *Were any of you Grace Hopper's co-workers?

Nords,

I was a Cobol Programmer for 10 years back in the 70's. There were plenty of Cobol Programmers then that were in their 20's. They would only be in their 50's today. Not too many dead yet. *

In fact I have heard studies that there are more Cobol programmers employed today than other programmers. There are certainly more lines of Cobol Code running today than all of the other languages.

I know who Grace Hopper is, but never met her.
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Men, I thought all of the COBOL programmers were
dead or retired too. The things you learn on this site!

BTW, for those of you who were wondering, Grace Hopper was Dennis Hopper's mother. She had a small part in 'Easy Rider'

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Old 11-28-2004, 05:46 AM   #39
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I've have worked for myself since I was 24 (almost 54 now) as a custom home builder in Houston. I really enjoy being my own boss and building houses and doing "deals". I have made more than enough money to retire, but I enjoy what I do. I have started the planning of my early retirement in a year or so, I just can't decide what to do with this damn company I've built up. Reading this forum is one part of that planning. What if you enjoy what you do?

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What if you enjoy what you do? *Allan
Then you're one of those lucky few who doesn't need to ER. Just keep doing it as often as you can stand it...
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