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Old 03-30-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Entitled, " After the Retirement Party", the article talks about the rewards, not necessarily financial, that come from continuing, or in some cases starting, to provide value thru a new career, both to others ("giving back"), and to your self.

Have any people here moved on to a second career after ER?
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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Have any people here moved on to a second career after ER?
You aren't retired if you move to a second career, you're just changing jobs.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:39 AM   #4
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:55 AM   #5
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I haven't retired yet, but my hope is to "work" at things that I love to do, without much regard for financial compensation. There are too many benefits of productive, creative work to give it up entirely and just focus on various pleasures -- I mean work that you enjoy, that ties into your values and sense of purpose, that is useful or helpful to the world somehow. The alternative (no productive/creative work at all, just a focus on personal interests/pleasures) would not be satisfying or interesting to me.

On the other hand, I cringe at the thought of a second "career." I am retiring to get away from my career. I am tired of the workaday world that requires so much sacrifice. A second career sounds way too much like traditional "work" to me. No thanks.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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You aren't retired if you move to a second career, you're just changing jobs.
I've noticed, but made no formal attempt to measure, a trend on this board the past 2 - 3 years for folks to talk about "working" or "careers" or "owning a business" while retired. Seems like an oxymoron. But I suppose it's all terminology. For folks whose working lives were spent in pension-paying MegaCorp or gov't jobs where they can collect a pension sometime after terminating, the act of having completed pension requirements seems to be enough to qualify for "retirement." This even if the individual plans on running a full time business or have some other activity in persuit of significant income.

Like you, I call most of these situations what they are: moving from full time to part time or starting a second career or owning my own business instead of being employed by someone else.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:20 PM   #8
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I have a lifetime position as Wealth Manager for a certain South Texas family. Yes the caps are appropriate.
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Been looking for something enjoyable to do which may or may not be helpful to others and any financial compensation it might incur would be a secondary consideration. Or teriary. Cetainly, not a j*b....
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I don't ever plan to sell my time to some slavedriver who wants to tell me what to do with it work, again.

I seriously doubt that I will want to do anything resembling a job now that I am retired. Even volunteering formally sounds repugnant. I do try to come up with unexpected kindnesses frequently (without pay, of course), and in that sense I suppose that I volunteer.

If I wanted to go back to work, I'd go back to work and I would call it what it is, work. But I don't.

Due to the economy there are a lot of people out there who have no way of knowing if they are unemployed or (forcibly) retired. I think this has added some confusion to the definition of retirement. Most of the ones I know are pretty open about their situations, though.
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I'd like to give back some of what I've received from the community during my working career. If I just retired I'd get fat, watch too much TV, sitting around all day. But....I don't want a boss, regular hours or a paycheck. And, what do I get for what I want to do? .....a warm fuzzy and a smile on my face knowing I've helped others
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After I retire, I discovered I am a great cook, homemaker, holiday planner and a much better person to be with. In that way I am giving back to my loved ones, friends and even myself.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:23 AM   #13
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:54 AM   #14
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No. But I do play volunteer DJ reading to the blind on the local PBS. That doesn't count since I consider the station doing me a favor allowing me to participate and they are so nice to all of us.

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Old 04-06-2013, 02:39 PM   #15
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I totally agree with this. I volunteer on an occasional basis. I've put on two 6-week science classes. It helps me stay in touch with my previous science career without the it being or looking like or feeling like a j*b.
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I like doing volunteer w*rk for veterans' organizations (American Legion, VFW) on an ad hoc basis. Fundraising events are always short-handed, especially in the kitchen and cleanup departments. I do not attend meetings or plan events. I simply show up with an apron, a smile and a pair of helping hands.

I have not considered a 2nd career, however if things ever hit the fan, I could easily w*rk for a greenhouse or nursery with my life long knowledge of plant care. I love planting and growing green things, so it would not seem like a j*b in comparison to my previous c*reer as an Engineer.
I would do very well as a landscape designer.
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I like doing volunteer w*rk for veterans' organizations (American Legion, VFW) on an ad hoc basis. Fundraising events are always short-handed, especially in the kitchen and cleanup departments. I do not attend meetings or plan events. I simply show up with an apron, a smile and a pair of helping hands.

I have not considered a 2nd career, however if things ever hit the fan, I could easily w*rk for a greenhouse or nursery with my life long knowledge of plant care. I love planting and growing green things, so it would not seem like a j*b in comparison to my previous c*reer as an Engineer.
I would do very well as a landscape designer.
An apron and a smile, eh?
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An apron and a smile, eh?
I would imagine that very thought has crossed many an older gentleman's mind when I show up to help. They do love to flirt with me. Rascals!



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Never volunteer. However over the last 19 years I have been 'nailed', cajowled, and gently arm twisted on more occasions then I care to mention.

That said - my all time favorite is doing nothing - watching grass grow and seeing how long the lawnmower can remain unstarted.

heh heh heh -there's theory - aka 'doing nothing in particular' and then there is practice - 'you need help to do what!' I like theory better.
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