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Old 05-09-2019, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I've discovered that I really like teaching the young generation how to get things done.

I've retired twice but I was enticed to return part time by my previous employer to work on their hottest project. They needed my EE skills and had nobody to do the project. Since then we hired a recently graduated 24 year old EE and my duties include teaching him how to get consistent results.

I'm finding that I really enjoy that part of the job. When I explain things he asks insightful questions that make me drive deeper into the technology and explain in detail how things work. I find this relationship very rewarding and it truly is a win-win for me, the new grad, and the company.

If you have a similar opportunity, I'd suggest you go for it.

Your experiences?
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:52 AM
 
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same.. i teach motor controls and vfd's one day a week at my old company ..it is going on almost 4 years now .. i enjoy it. once in a while i get called in for a special project for a week or 2 ... i have no pressure like when i was a sales engineer there and lived and died on commission and sales figures
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:42 AM
 
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I guess this forum is not only about retirement but about those who retire and then go back to work.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I guess this forum is not only about retirement but about those who retire and then go back to work.
Retirement means different things to different people. Some people just look forward to exiting a crappy job. Others wish to remain engaged with other people.

What I've learned is that I abhor isolation and loneliness. I need my peeps.

Mentorship can happen outside of work, e.g. teach somebody to cook or do art or even overhaul a carburetor.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:24 AM
 
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being retired really has a broad meaning ... many of us do things being retired we would gladly volunteer to do free because we enjoy them . the fact we get paid to do it is really a bonus ..

we get some income from our photography sales , i work one day teaching and i pick up some money drumming ... i don't consider any of it a "job "
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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There's no such thing as retirement. You just change what you do.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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Like Vision67, I retired and was called back to help train new/young employees in skills that were second nature to me, but new and daunting to them. It was a great experience; the young employees treated me with almost comical respect until they got to know me; after that they were still respectful, but the walls went down. I was often thanked for explaining something that was easy to me, but was totally new to them. The employer kept renewing my contract. Finally, I retired for good in order to leave the area.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:12 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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The kids in my art class is mentoring in art. Some of them have very good eyes for art. When my teacher is not around, they help mentoring me. Lol.
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