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Old 01-26-2015, 10:47 AM   #41
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Not yet retired but since I am already throwing away stuff I know I won't bring any work material home with me. Some trinkets that coworkers have given me and personal pictures will be the only things that come home.

My wife has worked in ~10 years and still has old notes etc in the garage. Once I retire they will be finding their way to the recycle. The technology that they are for is now obsolete
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:57 AM   #42
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:59 AM   #43
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I didn't have a lot of tech stuff but did ditch most of the books within a year. Have folder with news clippings and a nice collage of them my colleagues gave me when I got tossed out in 95. Recently got renewal for PE license and having run out of continuing ed credits, opted for inactive status. They returned it as I didn't realize that still cost $75. I don't know why but after a few minutes of debate I sent the check. However, it will be the last.

I still have a lot of files on laptop that I archived upon leaving last long time gig. I do find it humorous and invigorating to sometimes open it up and see what I'm missing! (not!)
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:26 AM   #44
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Recently got renewal for PE license and having run out of continuing ed credits, opted for inactive status. They returned it as I didn't realize that still cost $75. I don't know why but after a few minutes of debate I sent the check. However, it will be the last.
This is probably my biggest question mark. I have enough credits for my 2015 renewal and only need 1 hr of ethics to have 2016 covered. Dropping the PE is something that can't be undone but I really shouldn't have any need for it. It seems a shame to waste the renewal fee. I think it will be easier after I really retire and totally purge the things that were important at work out of my system.

Everything is still on track for 27 Feb 2015.
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Retire in two months (but only because boss asked me to stay an extra 3 weeks, and I like her, so I agreed). Threw just about everything away last year*. Even thinking of getting rid of my diplomas. Linkedin was a pleasure to get rid of over two years ago. I detest that whole "networking" thing, about as distasteful as hearing business buzzwords.

*I do have a lot of stuff stored electronically on a hotmail account, though, and it came in handy just last week when an old mentor asked for help. Other than last week, never look at the stuff.
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This is probably my biggest question mark. I have enough credits for my 2015 renewal and only need 1 hr of ethics to have 2016 covered. Dropping the PE is something that can't be undone but I really shouldn't have any need for it. It seems a shame to waste the renewal fee. I think it will be easier after I really retire and totally purge the things that were important at work out of my system.

Everything is still on track for 27 Feb 2015.
I found it difficult to make the decision to give up my license and professional memberships because it took so much hard work to get them in the first place. The first year after ER I did some consulting, but after that ended I could not justify the cost of paying the licence, professional memberships and insurance and fulfilling the continuing education requirements. I found I was ready to give it up during the second year of ER. I am so grateful to be finished with all the hassle.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:32 PM   #47
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Retired last May. Over the years I gave away/threw out all the hardcover editions of the annual journals except the two which include me in pictures. (The material is all available on-line). Will probably never throw out the certificate I received when admitted to the Society (took 8 years of exams to get there) or the 2 plaques commemorating my terms on the Board. OTOH, I suppose I could get rid of my last 2 college texts: "Matrices and Linear Transformations" and "Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists". But then I think my 80-something Dad still has "The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel".
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:00 PM   #48
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Sometimes professional books are worth keeping because they're cool just as historical items. I have a whole bookcase full of them and love to dip into them from time to time.

A number of mine go back quite a ways into the 18th century (although most are more modern reprints), and nearly everything from the early 20th century on is an original. Great fun to notice how some things have changed, others have not, and some have changed back and forth several times!
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:04 PM   #49
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Retire in two months (but only because boss asked me to stay an extra 3 weeks, and I like her, so I agreed). Threw just about everything away last year*. Even thinking of getting rid of my diplomas. Linkedin was a pleasure to get rid of over two years ago. I detest that whole "networking" thing, about as distasteful as hearing business buzzwords.

*I do have a lot of stuff stored electronically on a hotmail account, though, and it came in handy just last week when an old mentor asked for help. Other than last week, never look at the stuff.
I agreed to stay until the end of February because of my boss. In my case it was 6 weeks. I dropped Linkedin about 4 years ago because I was sick of getting constant job offers.

My diploma is sitting in the bottom of a drawer. I never got it framed. My PE certificate is in a cheap frame. I think the certificate will go in the bottom of a drawer. It's the same drawer that has copies of some magazine articles I wrote, a patent and technical paper. All of these are ancient history. It may be something to put out at my funeral but other than that they're useless. They might soon find their way to the trash after I detox. I also have most of my projects on electronic media. They don't take up that much space and I'm sure technological obsolecence will take care of this if I don't toss.

My only residual thought is will I want to do any consulting? If it involves something interesting and/or travel I'd like to do, I would probably be interested. If it was a longterm contract assignment in Houston, I know I'm not.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:09 PM   #50
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I found it difficult to make the decision to give up my license and professional memberships because it took so much hard work to get them in the first place. The first year after ER I did some consulting, but after that ended I could not justify the cost of paying the licence, professional memberships and insurance and fulfilling the continuing education requirements. I found I was ready to give it up during the second year of ER. I am so grateful to be finished with all the hassle.
Yes, that's the thing that pulls me back. It can't be undone unless you take the tests again, and that ain't gonna happen. DS is a chem e and never needed it until he started working in consulting where it is essential for advancement (he's working more civil than anything else); he had to take EI and PE about 10 years after graduation - reviewing for the EI was the worst. I saw several municipal civil types finally get the PE w/o the degree (an option that seems to be disappearing) and admired the commitment. If you get a degree and take the EI after that, then after a few years of qualifying work and a bit of study the PE isn't that tough. Delaying the EI after all the basic maths, thermo, etc you don't use in real life is the toughie. So watching all those struggle places a good deal of value on it. That and the fact it was somewhat of a badge of accomplishment honored in the field. Throw a brick at me but I get a chuckle at some of the real estate folks with about ten initials after their names! Really? Although I had one guy who kept wanting to put PE and MBA after his name! Ya out there S?
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:59 PM   #51
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I am only semi-retired by my definition. I already discontinued my academic memberships and quitted all editorships, trashed many reprints of my papers and a lot of other's research papers.

I used to think a professor should bring all his research stuffs into his grave.


After my full retirement, I will not be able to (or want to) come back. It will be a one way ticket.
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There wasn't an option for tossing most stuff before retirement so I picked 3 months or less after retirement.
I am not retired yet and have zero w*rk stuff at home. I tossed all career and j*b related stuff last year when we moved. I will only be bringing home the personal stuff that is in my office when I leave.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:01 PM   #53
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My target is to RE this June.

I have already begun to de-clutter over 30yrs of professional tomes, off to the used book store for trade credit, or to the bi-monthly VVA curbside box. I may save a few things I've designed over the years, but this is the end of Life 1.0 and the beginning of Life 2.0. I'll be allowing all my professional certs & memberships expire also. I have no emotional misgivings about any of this.

OTOH, I've saved just about everything from my military experience, several closets of uniforms, memorabilia, reference manuals & publications. I really enjoyed what I did and found it much more rewarding that my civilian w*rk experience. But, does anyone care about Soviet Forces in Europe, East German flags & banners, or topo maps of Germany? I should pitch that stuff also.

Thanks to everyone who has posted so far, you're an inspiration.

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Kept most of my flying stuff from the Navy (Helmet, Pressure Suit, NATOPS manual, etc) but got rid of all my post-service civilian job stuff (UNIX systems, PERL, AIX manuals) the week I retired.
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I found it difficult to make the decision to give up my license and professional memberships because it took so much hard work to get them in the first place. The first year after ER I did some consulting, but after that ended I could not justify the cost of paying the licence, professional memberships and insurance and fulfilling the continuing education requirements. I found I was ready to give it up during the second year of ER. I am so grateful to be finished with all the hassle.
My DH just retired (for real this time) this past Friday. He tried retiring last year, but the guy who replaced him quit without notice - so he was called back to finish up the two projects he had worked on. His architecture license is up the end of the month... We talked about it and he realized he would have to do continuing ed and pay the license renewal for about an extra 6 weeks of work. He decided to give notice for real this time. He's letting his license lapse. His employer was given plenty of notice and knows his license situation.

I believe him this time when he says he's retired. Ironically it was exactly 1 year to the day from when he retired last time... only to be called back to work. But now he can't seal drawings nor interface with OSHPD (state agency in charge of hospital facilities)... so he's really done.
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I have 2.8 years left until retirement, and I'm already getting rid of my professional stuff. I'm about 1/4 the way through and have a schedule a timed out to have everything gone by the big day. But now the office is replacing the carpet this March and they want everyone to move their stuff out, including shredding and pitching unwanted stuff. So I think I'll get rid of everything now. All the current and essential stuff is electronic now, so nothing in hard copy is worth keeping anyway.
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I threw out all my computer books out the 1st week I retired.
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I voted I threw everything away, but I didn't. I kept my name plate. Trouble is, I don't remember where it is...and I might need it to remind me who I am one day.

On DH's last day of work, he filled a duffel bag full of clothing...a jacket, shirts, dress pants and a robe, then gave it to a homeless guy he always bought a paper from about a block from his office.

He's kept a few things, but I imagine over time he'll get rid of most of them.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:43 PM   #59
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I've been retired for about nine months.

I brought back one small box of personal stuff from the office, which now sits somewhere in the basement, with the exception of a couple of useful items (e.g. daybook I contnued to use 'til year end, a conference laptop bag and a couple of vendor "swag" bags that I use for the beach or the gym). Unlike some others here, I have no significant work-related library, professional licensing, skills maintenance or on-going consulting issues. I am fully retired from that career and on with whatever new things life has to offer.

I've kept e-mail back-ups and contacts directory from work for the occasional continuity issue that comes up - e.g. forwarding service inquiries, etc. But these get fewer and farther between as time goes on. I had good relationships with those who might contact me, and have been glad to help put people together with the new folks where helpful.

I've been pleasantly surpised at how, pretty much from the get-go, I haven't felt any work-related identity hole to fill. I noticed recently, however, that when I meet new people and the "what do you do" question inevitably comes up, as rule I still mention that I retired earlier this year and the conversation often shifts to "from where and what did you do there", as if I still identify with that, which I guess I do more than I'd like to admit. So the work-related baggage I may still have around is more psychological than physical.

I guess I need to keep doing interesting things and eventually I'll start to answer that question differently (and in the present tense).
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Hasn't happened yet in almost 30 years of practice so I don't expect it to happen now! At least I hope not.


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