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Old 02-13-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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At the same time I am aware that many retirees do not retain the identity of what they used to do. I see nothing wrong with that either. I believe that identity is a complex psychological subject and I profess no expertise about it. I just know how I feel. I believe that some jobs/professions probably lend themselves more to life-long identifications that others.

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I am a retired CPA. I really avoid bringing that up in public locally as I end up getting calls seeking my services ... as a donation.

I have already been approached to be the assistant treasurer of a non-profit. And the treasurer of one of the local social clubs. And of course, I always end up being called to review the HOA books and to correct any issues in the QuickBooks.

Now I am getting calls from a local charity that is looking for a 20 hour per week commitment in a NON-PAID position.

If I wanted to work full time, I would have stayed where I was at.
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Old 02-13-2016, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I've been retired long enough now that I'm a little irritated when some one asked what I did for a living. When I have to fill out an information form they always ask what I did before I retired. I don't understand the importance of this accept to categorize me is some weird way.

Do I identify with my career after I have been retired for 15 years? NO, I have developed a new identity has a retiree.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I realize some people will probably think that it's sick and unhealthy to be defined by one's job or career, but I cannot agree with that. I do not define myself as a teacher to the exclusion of all else.

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There's nothing wrong with defining yourself for a given situation and going with the one you're proudest of for generalization purposes. You are a teacher, albeit retired. After 40 years, you get to be that. I say I'm a CPA, but inactive.

If the two of us sat down and spoke about Common Core curricula, you would like keep your identification as a teacher but I would switch my perspective to that of a parent. It helps each other explain perspectives that are most relevant.

You've undoubtedly worn many hats over the years. When you're retired, you get to choose which one you want to wear and for how long. The only thing you don't get to do is say you've worn a hat you never have, unless you've been an elected politician.

Congrats on retiring, and let me apologize for the school on their parting gift. 1 vs 100+ for 40+ seasons is no easy feat. I know as the son of a teacher that did the same.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I am a retired CPA. I really avoid bringing that up in public locally as I end up getting calls seeking my services ... as a donation.

I have already been approached to be the assistant treasurer of a non-profit. And the treasurer of one of the local social clubs. And of course, I always end up being called to review the HOA books and to correct any issues in the QuickBooks.

Now I am getting calls from a local charity that is looking for a 20 hour per week commitment in a NON-PAID position.

If I wanted to work full time, I would have stayed where I was at.
If you want to help an organization, charge a lower rate, but always charge them something because humans inherently don't value and waste more of anything that is given to them free. That triples for NFPs already existing on donations. It also gives you an out if they pay you slowly.

Besides, you don't want to take work away from someone beginning in the trade.

Remember, you do something pro-bono as a favor that someone comes to you thinking you've done ok is not going to stop them from taking more if you get halfway through a rabbit hole you realize you don't want to be involved with anymore. The litigation is still real.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:17 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Deep down inside I'm a bum and a domestic goddess.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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God, I hope not. I'm a cashier.
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I am a retired CPA. I really avoid bringing that up in public locally as I end up getting calls seeking my services ... as a donation.

I have already been approached to be the assistant treasurer of a non-profit. And the treasurer of one of the local social clubs. And of course, I always end up being called to review the HOA books and to correct any issues in the QuickBooks.

Now I am getting calls from a local charity that is looking for a 20 hour per week commitment in a NON-PAID position.

If I wanted to work full time, I would have stayed where I was at.

You should tell all those people who want free advice that because of your conviction for embezzlement the terms of your probation prohibit you from performing any accounting related services. That should send them scurrying.
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Old 02-13-2016, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I never identified with my career. It simply provided a means to live as an American, who is a serious Christian, who is a musician, who rides mountain bikes, skis, lives near Yosemite, attends plays, hikes, drives a Subaru, loves Sushi and pizza, drinks wine and enjoys friends.

I didn't mind being a Social Worker. I fell into it when we moved to our present location. It enabled us to live here until Mrs5150's law practice kicked in.
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I too am a retired librarian. I have actually struggled with how to identify myself to myself. I have asked myself if I am a librarian still, or a librarian no longer. But, honestly, I don't get asked about my career very often. Men get asked that more than women do, in my experience. Occasionally my career comes up, and I think saying I am a "retired librarian" is accurate.

DH was a project manager. I don't think he thinks of himself as a project manager still. But I seem to retain some identification with my profession.

I don't do volunteer work in my old field, however.
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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I've identified myself as a retired teacher~as have many of the people I've come in contact with since retirement.

We moved within a year of my retirement, and fall in that "in between" age group (55-65) and find ourselves in social situations where people still ask what I/we (DH) do...many of us are fully retired, some are semi-retired, others are working part time...it's a mumbo jumbo of situations but introductions are usually inclusive of what a person's career or life's work had been.
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