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Old 03-26-2016, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Someone with strong IT skills should be able to get a job. You are still young and your age should not be a factor. I would give it a try. Then you can work for a year or two and both you and your wife can retire together. It seems like you are somewhat concerned and do not have any immediate goals or plans. That is not a good sign.


Anyway, congratulations on making it to another milestone in life.

I have actually have looked albeit in only the federal government. At issue is the certifications. I do not have them and nor am I likely able to go get them. My current compensation is at 80% of my gross income including health insurance before I go asking for unemployment insurance (which by the way I am eligible to collect on top of my retirement income). In 18 months will increase to over 120% of my pre-retirement income. The mortgage is secondary and can easily be paid off with existing assets but as long as it is still a monthly payment I will wish my wife continues to be employed until that is paid. I can seriously tell you though that the market for database management with my qualifications are not falling off trees especially for someone approaching 60. I do have immediate plans and things to keep me occupied. I have assets I need to pay a bit more attention to and being in retirement will allow me that freedom I didn't have post retirement.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Congrats! You may find that you thoroughly enjoy the fact that every minute of every day is yours and going back to work once you get used to that idea is not an option. I retired at 58.6 and I wish I had retired with John at 56 I've done an about face about thinking that you're too young to retire. Rather that then you become to old working to enjoy being retired.

Anything out of my commitment to roller skating with the sexy seniors on Friday mornings is out of my comfort zone now. Freedom is intoxicating

Talk to me six months from now and let me know if you want to go back to work.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Congratulations!! Wishing you and your spouse many happy, fun years as retirees (she will retire eventually, right?).

No ill-will meant here but I would not allow a husband to dictate when I could or could not retire. But then, that is just me.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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If you have a security clearance, I would definitely apply with some defense government contractors if these exist in your area. You might find that you are more sought after than you think. But either way, congratulations and enjoy your time off!
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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Congratulations…can't wait to join you….in 9 1/2 years (ugh)
As others have said: live life on your terms…your schedule is your own now.
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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Congratulations. Enjoy!
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Congrats, enjoy your retirement.
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Congratulations! Enjoy every minute!
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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If you want to continue working, try non-profits. They won't pay as much as your prior job, but there can be very rewarding. Many are desperate for good IT assistance for their client and donor databases. For volunteer opportunities you might want to try Tech Soup which works with non-profits and libraries.
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