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Old 08-06-2019, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Florida
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No but I do know that some personnel departments do favor younger hires and that surprised me. You would think they would want the best person for the job.

Just keep doing your best.
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:17 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Must do better than survive -the I must be dotted and the t crossed also expect 18 months before retirement to be declared incompetent and fired -they cut a check for your contributed vested and save millions -be ready to call union and a lawyer when you get there- you will need both
It’s a rigged game
Til they have to cut a retirement check it’s all just ink and paper
Most never get there
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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Before you retired did you feel like you were hanging on a string and counting down the days before you could quit work? Every week you survived at the job was a notch on your belt?

Basically I am just hanging on at work and financially counting down the months I can retire and collect my pensions and Social Security. My bosses and coworkers really don't want me around anymore, they would love it if I would just disappear. I am known behind closed doors as the deadwood in the office. They don't think I am adding value to the organization and don't fit in with the increasingly young employees. I am an outsider looking in trying to do the best job I can and survive week to week. But my job is protected by civil service and union rules.

I am trying hard to do a good job but maybe the world of work has passed me by.

Maybe you are asking why I just don't retire and call it a career. Well, I have a one-word answer: MONEY! I can't afford to retire until I am eligible for Social Security and my two pensions. That magic date will be October 24th, 2020. I don't have enough savings to bridge that gap and quit today and survive. (Due to a divorce, medical expenses and financial mistakes.)

Can you relate?
Not really. I have 2.5 more years. I def have value in my job and if I walked out the door tomorrow they would have a helluva time figuring out how to do what I do. I am slowly documenting all my processes do that when the time comes, I wonít feel any guilt about not looking back ( because I know theyíll want me to stay longer!)
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:55 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I was like that toward the end. It was painfully slow. I almost thought of quitting. But I thought I’ve already put in 4 years, just one more year to get a tiny pension which is meaningless to me. The amount I get from my last job is tiny. Except my husband and I save more than 50% of our income so we at least build up our retirement account. I also went part time, so I only ended up working 4 days and not 5 days.
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:16 PM
 
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I feel exactly the same way. If I can make it, May 2021 is my date. My job is a dead end, no raises or promotions to be had, and they have cut benefits. A couple of years back they ended the pension for younger employees and put them in a 401k. Older workers could stay in the pension so I did. So I slog along, fund the pension, get benefits, and a paycheck. But I am in the same boat, I don't reach minimum social security until October of 2020. I have run the numbers and I need the small pension and SS to make it. Another problem is that the technology has passed me by. I was talking with a young network guy today and he was obviously way ahead of me. And the thing was I did not care. I just want to finish out my time and retire. So I can relate to your post!
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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I’ve worked for my employer for years and years in one capacity or another. I used to be the golden child. If they thought I might be thinking about leaving for another job, they offered me more money. If I needed more work/life balance, they told me I could work PRN, three 12 hour days, four 10 hour days, whatever I wanted. If I wanted to work from home, they’d figure out a way to make that happen. This was before people worked from home.

Fast forward to now. Most of the people I worked with when I was golden are gone and the managers are my kids’ age. I really feel an “out with the old, in with the new” vibe. Young people with no experience but a degree coming in earning more than people who have been there for years and know the job like the back of their hand. If I left now, I’m sure the response would be more like, “Okay, bye!” than, “How can we get you to stay?”

But I’m down to not caring anymore. The sooner I escape, the better.
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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"Can you relate?"
no.
no divorce.
bought medical insurance when i was young and it was cheap.
made two financial mistakes and i learned and did not repeat.
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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That magic date will be October 24th, 2020.
That's like almost now.
If I was that close and in your position, I wouldn't give a crap what anyone there thought.

In less than 3 months, you're gonna walk out that door and never see any of 'em again.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:28 PM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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I probably have until December of 2023, though there is a reasonable chance of the last year or two being ~30 hours working remotely from retirement location with some additional time tacked on with that workload. A few "maybe if" conditions that are not individually improbable. I could end up retired without knowing it before then if I were let go and have trouble finding something.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:38 PM
 
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That's like almost now.
If I was that close and in your position, I wouldn't give a crap what anyone there thought.

In less than 3 months, you're gonna walk out that door and never see any of 'em again.
A year and three months.
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