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Old 01-16-2018, 12:55 PM
 
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Before I retired I worked in a major metropolitan area. My work was very specialized and I worked with certain specific software that pertained to that work. The work was very grueling and tedious. But rewarding by the good pay and satisfaction with the end results. But after about 12 years of it I was fried.
I stopped that work and retired - moved away to a smaller city.
So I see this add on a local job board for a company looking for someone with knowledge and experience with that software I previously worked with. I'm sure I was the only one within 200 miles that had experience with it. Fast forward I interviewed, they made me a good offer the same day. I accepted.
Went in the first day. Fired up the computer and there is the program. I open it up and start thinking what the hell am I doing here. I finished out the day. Called the owner the next morning and told him I would not be a fit for the position etc..
What a big mistake just taking the job because I was a expert with that software. Did not think it through.

Anyone else ever done this in retirement? I feel like a ass.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:01 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I never looked at a job board after I retired. So no, never happened to me.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:05 PM
 
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I never looked at a job board after I retired. So no, never happened to me.
Yes, that's a good policy!
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Last summer, I took a temporary job as a church secretary as a favor to the pastor and head elder. Both friends, but not my primary church. They wanted me to fill in until they found a permanent secretary. It was five days a week for two months. I was happy to help, but it did mess up my retirement flow/routine. From now on, I’ll only take a job out of necessity, not for something to do.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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maybe start out slow next time? I took up substitute teaching but will only take assignments that start after lunch!

I need my slow wake up time in the morning.

And only if it is for an aide assignment. I don't want to be "in charge" - lol

It is amazing how many subs are needed
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:23 PM
 
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lovnova, I'm curious as to what emotions and feelings you experienced that first day at the new job. You say you thought 'what the heck am I doing here' - could you expand on what your thoughts were - if you feel like it.

How long had you been retired?
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Haven't been retired very long, but I know one of the key reasons I did retire was to bring an end to an exhausting stressful career. It was killing me emotionally to continue. I still have the same motivations/interests that steered me into that particular career, but I know myself well enough to pursue them on my own terms in other ways. This distinction is important...to understand what my motivations still are, what aspects of the previous jobs were positive and fulfilling, and what were negative and miserable. Somehow I doubt I'll forget and get tempted. It happened to be federal service, so the current political reality makes that pretty easy!

When I talk to friends who are still "back there" at work my first inclination is to say how sorry I am for the situation they find themselves in.

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Old 01-16-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Yeah not sure what you were thinking, you knew exactly what you were getting into. So now you really screwed over the people who were looking to fill the position. Not only do that have to search again you have now caused them administration overhead to process an employee for a day.
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:54 PM
 
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Yeah not sure what you were thinking, you knew exactly what you were getting into. So now you really screwed over the people who were looking to fill the position. Not only do that have to search again you have now caused them administration overhead to process an employee for a day.
Yea Dave, the same people that could fire me the next week because they don't like the way I part my hair.
You must own a business, LOL
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Old 01-16-2018, 03:28 PM
 
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Yea Dave, the same people that could fire me the next week because they don't like the way I part my hair.
You must own a business, LOL
I'm sure you didn't intend to screw over the people who were looking to fill the position. But the truth is you sort of did. So it would only be the thoughtful thing to at least be a little sorry about that and have some teeny bit of remorse about it, instead of thinking "so what?" How insensitive and dismissive of the inconvenience and disruption you caused. Again, I know you didn't intend to.

And the fact that they could have fired you has nothing to do with your actions.

As for why you took the job in the first place you never really said. I too, like Matisse would like to learn from your experience and hear about your thoughts on that first and only day back at work.

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Originally Posted by Matisse12:You say you thought 'what the heck am I doing here' - could you expand on what your thoughts were - if you feel like it.
If nothing else your story illustrated how important it can be for a person to "know him- or herself," what they want and what they don't want......perhaps how not to hurt, abuse, or even just unintentionally hurt others in the process.
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