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Old Yesterday, 01:27 PM
 
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As much as I love my area with all that there is to do around here; after 3 years of retirement I have decided to go back to work fulltime at age 61.
I retired unexpectedly without a plan in 2016. Had a great run in the pharmaceutical industry for 26 years. After a new supervisor made my life miserable, I had to get out. I had no pension and was too young for SS, but I had enough to retire on my savings. My home was paid off in 2014. I had to navigate Obamacare and ultimately wound up this year with a subsidy and a Gold Plan; after a cople of expensive years.

I have tried my best to stay busy since 2016: I've taken 9 mostly escorted vacations, several weeks long to places like China and Indonesia and Thailand. I earned an ESOL Teaching certificate and volunteered my services in various capacities. I took ice skating, archery, knitting, and swimming lessons. I took community college theatre and film courses too. I took up kayaking at my neighborhood lake. Even got US Citizenship in 2017.

This year, I realized for certain that I really did not want to be retired--it was the pharmaceutical industry that I wanted nothing to do with. I wanted to be a nurse again. I haven't worked in Nursing since 2006 (I used to moonlight). So this summer I enrolled in a RN Nursing Refresher Course. I'm finished the didactic and will finish the Clinical part this month. Theres a huge nationwide nursing shortage and I am assured that age will not be a factor, experienced nurses are in demand. My college doesn't charge people 60 and over tuition, so I paid a total of $500 in fees to get my license activated and original career back, a savings of $4500. There was also a nurse in my class older than me at 63!

My plan is to be a Psych Nurse at a Community Hospital and my school is going to help me get in. I worked in Pysch before and I loved it. I haven't touched my retirement money or exhausted my non retirement savings. Salary is not a big issue with me, its the work I am interested in. My school assures me I will not have to start at the bottom. I feel like I am getting my "life" back. In addition to wanting to help people in need; I need the social interaction and mental stimulation and challenge of paid work.

I'll still have time to do some volunteer ESOL work, as I anticipate working three 12 hour shifts a week, which is fulltime. I'll get healthcare benefits so will part ways with Obamacare.

I gave retirement a good effort but its just not my time.

Anybody else retired and then went back to work after a few years?
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Old Yesterday, 01:49 PM
 
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As much as I love my area with all that there is to do around here; after 3 years of retirement I have decided to go back to work fulltime at age 61.
I retired unexpectedly without a plan in 2016. Had a great run in the pharmaceutical industry for 26 years. After a new supervisor made my life miserable, I had to get out. I had no pension and was too young for SS, but I had enough to retire on my savings. My home was paid off in 2014. I had to navigate Obamacare and ultimately wound up this year with a subsidy and a Gold Plan; after a cople of expensive years.

I have tried my best to stay busy since 2016: I've taken 9 mostly escorted vacations, several weeks long to places like China and Indonesia and Thailand. I earned an ESOL Teaching certificate and volunteered my services in various capacities. I took ice skating, archery, knitting, and swimming lessons. I took community college theatre and film courses too. I took up kayaking at my neighborhood lake. Even got US Citizenship in 2017.

This year, I realized for certain that I really did not want to be retired--it was the pharmaceutical industry that I wanted nothing to do with. I wanted to be a nurse again. I haven't worked in Nursing since 2006 (I used to moonlight). So this summer I enrolled in a RN Nursing Refresher Course. I'm finished the didactic and will finish the Clinical part this month. Theres a huge nationwide nursing shortage and I am assured that age will not be a factor, experienced nurses are in demand. My college doesn't charge people 60 and over tuition, so I paid a total of $500 in fees to get my license activated and original career back, a savings of $4500. There was also a nurse in my class older than me at 63!

My plan is to be a Psych Nurse at a Community Hospital and my school is going to help me get in. I worked in Pysch before and I loved it. I haven't touched my retirement money or exhausted my non retirement savings. Salary is not a big issue with me, its the work I am interested in. My school assures me I will not have to start at the bottom. I feel like I am getting my "life" back. In addition to wanting to help people in need; I need the social interaction and mental stimulation and challenge of paid work.

I'll still have time to do some volunteer ESOL work, as I anticipate working three 12 hour shifts a week, which is fulltime. I'll get healthcare benefits so will part ways with Obamacare.

I gave retirement a good effort but its just not my time.

Anybody else retired and then went back to work after a few years?
Congratulations. If you enjoy what you do, you'll never "work" a day in your life. I'm not looking forward to retirement either. Maybe work part time.
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Old Yesterday, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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not me. Thought I'd get a part time job but never have.


I do admire your self honesty. Glad you realized what you really want in life and had the ability to get it.
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Old Yesterday, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Anybody else retired and then went back to work after a few years?
My wife did. Retired at 58 and went back to work at 61. Then diagnosed with breast cancer at 62. Now at 63 finishing up with chemo and thinking about retiring again. She wants to pay off her new car first, so another year or two and she'll retire for good. She's finally coming to terms with the fact that there's more to life than working. Me, I never had that problem. I retired as soon as I turned 60 and have never looked back.
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Old Yesterday, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I gave retirement a good effort but its just not my time.
I admire your gumption.

You gave retirement more than a fair shake and now you're excited about returning to work in a new role. Good for you!
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Old Yesterday, 03:06 PM
 
Location: USA
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You do you! Just be careful not to get roped into too long of a shift. At our age, 12 hour shifts might be tough!
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Old Yesterday, 03:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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At least you got 3 years break. You know what it likes to retire. Honestly if I’m single, no husband, would stay working still.
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Old Yesterday, 04:02 PM
 
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Yup, you do what makes you happy. That's what it's all about. Also, I strongly believe not needing to work but working anyway because you want to, puts a whole other perspective on it.
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Old Yesterday, 04:19 PM
 
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Retired at 58 and 7 months later had a new career teaching online college classes part time. Did it for 7 years.
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Old Yesterday, 04:23 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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The world needs good nurses. Congratulations!
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