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Old 08-03-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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Please, do all of us that are just trying to get by in a tight job market, and stay retired. We need those jobs to survive, not just for something to do.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:06 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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The problem with volunteering is, I find that I am usually reporting to someone who is getting paid.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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The problem with volunteering is, I find that I am usually reporting to someone who is getting paid.
And how is that a "problem", exactly?
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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If money is not a concern then find something you like to do and go for it and don't give the salary a second thought.

I do sub, extended sub and tutoring in area schools.
If an interesting teaching position opened up I'd apply.

I don't care about the salary. Teacher salaries are lower than what I started out making in 1989.
I enjoy teaching and working with kids.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Retirement = Retirement

All this questioning about, am I getting what I'm worth? At some point you're going to have to let it go; we've all been there, done that. (Not trying to be too "hard" on you . . . just my two cents.)
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:55 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If an interesting teaching position opened up I'd apply.

I don't care about the salary. ...
I enjoy teaching and working with kids.

Summers off would be nice TOO!


I will be picking up some more hours teaching at local CC's (If / when I get home from this Thailand gig).

I really like being paid to work overseas, I enjoy the cultures / people / food / struggles... but at some age... I will probably not like being 'portable'.

For those that find the right fit... working in retirement can be very pleasurable. But... for those of us who have never punched a clock or showed up for work the same time 2 days in a row... or taken coffee / lunch breaks with the staff...working can be a bit too 'restrictive'.

Enough Variety, and I am fine. (Had 26 different positions with some company)
I have never owned a watch, and don't plan on getting one now.
I like working night shift and weekends and doing stuff that others don't like to do. I don't have any career aspirations! .

Retire early; Retire often.

BTW, I quit watching TV about 50 yrs ago. That is a plus. I have no interest in starting that habit now.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:25 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Does your city government need your talents and experience? If you are retired and want part-time work and don't need benefits or high salary there might be a spot there helping your community. I enjoyed 7 years of being a p-t planner almost more than my regular job -- worked for pocket money. Took off when I wanted. No stress -- and they were happy to have me there.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:50 AM
 
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You say you have experience teaching English as a Second Language - I'm sure that schools in your area could use some qualified volunteers to help student's whose first language is something other than English. I've never heard of a public school that had an overabundance of tutors for kids who need the extra help!

I agree, in this tight job market, taking a job just to have something to do - and lowballing the salary too boot (albeit perhaps inadvertently) isn't a good thing to do. Have some pity on those who need the pay! Step down and find something else to do with your time. You don't have to vegetate in retirement. There are more things to get interested in than just golf. You are most likely eligible to take classes for free at local universities. You could brush up on your ethnology or branch out into something totally different. Take some history classes, or how about some art classes?

I am also confused as to why working at a volunteer job for someone who is getting paid makes any difference. It's not about the pay, right? Contact the Foreign Student Association at your local university and offer your services as a language tutor. Many foreign students have pretty good English skills - but nearly as many really need some help in that arena.

Don't you have ANY hobbies at all? Nothing that you have been putting off because you didn't have the time and thought you would get around to it later? My dad always meant to learn to play the ukelele (hey, it was a hot thing when he was young!) and he always regretted never getting around to it. Learn to play the penny whistle. Learn to play the harmonica. Heck, if you get good enough, you could jam with local bands - many are open to that kind of thing with talented amateurs. Start up your own band - an Irish band, or a blues band, or swing, or whatever floats your boat. Be the sound man or the manager if you don't want to play anything. Play for free in the park, or at the local arts center, or for retirement homes or the children's ward or other hospital locations. Heck, learn to tie balloon animals and make some kids in the hospital REALLY happy for a little while!

There are a MILLION things you could do that would help other people. Working for HR isn't really helping others.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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What did you used to do for enjoyment before you retired, like when you were in your 40s and 50s?
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I think I understand. If you do work for pay, you'd like to be paid what the job/duties are worth..and that's appropriate no matter what your age.

Getting hired for a salary less than the job's worth in the open market is being subjected to ageism...
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